I get asked at least once a week whether I think that social network applications like Myspace, Bebo, Facebook, Twittr, Stumbleupon and Yelp are replacing the traditional online dating services like Match.com and Yahoo Personals. I think that tons of younger singles are using these apps for hook-ups for sure but the core demographic of an online dating subscriber has always been a little bit older and in the 25-45 age demographic. I know plenty of people that have met their significant others or have used online dating sites for hook-ups too. It is becoming more and more normal to hear in casual conversations of people talking about dates that they recently went on from people they met on sites like Perfectmatch.com or Jdate.com. The stigma that used to be attached to internet dating is long gone for sure. I am seeing more niche dating sites launching every week and people doing searches for very specific terms like “Cowboy Dating” and “Green Singles”. There are services like Tango Wire that specialize in just about every single niche group from Military Singles to BBW Singles.
Share some of your online dating experiences if you have used social networking sites to find love online and if you think it is a safe option being that so much more of your personal information is available on some of these sites like Facebook.