Online dating has existed since the mid-1990s, offering another option for those seeking partners in a private manner. As of August 2010 there are more than 2,000 Internet dating sites. Some sites are tailored for those seeking long-term relationships while others are designed for casual dating.
Match.com was the first major dating site and premiered in 1995. The site focuses only on finding a date as opposed to a potential spouse. Match.com is available in 32 countries but does not provide matchmaking services. Sites such as eHarmony.com and Chemistry.com focus on more serious relationships. Other online dating services of note include Plentyoffish.com and Singlesnet.com.
Users can generally view profiles of a site's participants for free before deciding to sign up. Membership generally costs about $25 per month, as of August 2010. Many sites run specials such as "free weekends" where you can create a profile and browse before making a permanent decision to join the site.
Specfic Online Dating Sites
While online dating sites generally do not discriminate and permit anyone can join, there are some sites geared specifically for certain groups. These include Christian and Jewish dating services, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Indian and senior dating services plus online sites for the gay and lesbian population.
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