It’s not often that I get access to someone truly in the know about online dating. Besides being an industry analyst for online dating in general, I also serve as the chief strategy officer for Anastasia Date, a premium international dating service that allows for people all over the world to connect with and possibly pursue relationships with others whom they never would have even met otherwise.
The term mail-order bride infers that since these men and women are from different cultures, they cannot share a mutual interest or a consensual companionship.
I am happy to be a part of Anastasia Date, because we are working to bring cultures together, and I think that this is where the dating world is headed. What are some of the demographics (age, gender, geography) of those who choose to use international online dating?
65 percent of the women on Anastasia Date, for example, are in their 20s or 30s. K., Australia, New Zealand) also deciding to use international online dating?
The average age of the men who are looking to date these women is 41. The Internet’s presence has forever altered global communications and continues to allow people from all corners of the world to meet and experience other cultures and traditions.
It’s been a controversial subject in the past, but I believe by 2020, it will be a more mainstream topic. Even though a lot of Internet daters prefer to date people within 20 miles—and we start at 2,000 miles—it’s a good idea to expand the traditional dating pool and intermingle over greater distances.
Pretty much everything in the world is going global, so for those who are intrigued by other cultures and other parts of the world, international dating is an exciting choice. How has the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) impacted international online dating? To me, IMBRA covers good ground, and self-regulation also makes sense, of course. Where do you see the future of international online dating?IMBRA set out necessary regulations that do aim to protect women from abuse, and I believe the regulations are keeping people safe. Internet dating was stigmatized up until two years ago.In terms of an impact on international online dating, I believe the regulation raised the awareness that people need to be safe when deciding to meet a person whom they have met online in-person. It’s now mainstream, because pretty much everyone has a friend who met via an online dating website at this stage.All in all, we’re seeing tremendous interest in international online dating from all corners of the globe. With that in mind, yes, even in the Anglosphere, we’re seeing the growth of international online dating. As for international online dating websites, what are the top 10 (based on percentage of adult population), and in which countries do they operate and/or target?Here are rankings from Experian/Hitwise: 1 Anastasia Date / 3,112 / 16.00% 2 Chnlove / 2,213 / 11.38% 3 Amo Latina / 1,909 / 9.81% 4 Latin American Cupid / 1,749 / 8.99% 5 Charming Date / 1,566 / 8.05% 6 i Date Asia / 948 / 4.87% 7 Dream-Marriage / 796 / 4.09% 8 Foreign Ladies / 737 / 3.79% 9 AForeign Affair / 727 / 3.74% 10 Cherry Blossoms / 633 / 3.26% 5.Going back to when statistics are available, what are some of the significant demographic trends in international online dating?