Online Dating Frustration Fuels ‘Matchmaking’

In the category of “you can’t predict the future,” this Reuters article discusses how some people are turning from online dating to “matchmaking,” that age-old tradition of being hooked up by a yenta (matchmaker). The trend is being fueled by a number of issues, but in the aggregate it amounts to frustration with the online process.

Some data from the Reuters piece:

  • The online dating industry is lucrative, reeling in about $500 million in the United States and about 160 million euros ($203 million) in Europe last year, said JupiterResearch.
  • A survey earlier this year by Pew Internet and American Life Project found that about 16 million Americans had used an online dating web site.
  • But while 52 percent said they had mostly positive experiences, 29 percent reported negative experiences.

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2 Responses to “Online Dating Frustration Fuels ‘Matchmaking’”

  1. Daryl Campbell Says:

    I would love to know what the numbers are worldwide. Online dating is big biz.

  2. Takumi86 Says:

    I never thought online dating could also bring negative effect to your life. But i agree with your statement that say “people often use online dating to find their match and barely turned them into matchmaking”

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