Social media has taken over people’s lives, so it is a natural extension to make new friends online.One UK survey found one in three people meet this way.The first dating site was Match.com, launched in 1995, and nowadays there are over 8,000 sites worldwide, 750 in Portugal and 1,400 in the UK, with nine million Britons as members generating £170million for the UK economy.
In London there is a site for members to search by tube station for lunchtime dates!
There are also websites known for extramarital relationships, with Ashley Madison being the market leader having 36 million members from 46 different countries.
Members’ accounts were recently hacked and personal details made public, which has already led to divorce proceedings and suicides.
Approximately 3,500 Algarvean members were exposed in the scandal!
Badoo is popular in Portugal with over 200 million members worldwide, although only 25 million are actually active.
One young girl in her late 20s told me she joined the site because by meeting up with other men for one-off dates she gets the excitement lacking in her current relationship.
People of all ages, backgrounds, religions and nationalities submit their photographs and personal details looking for friendship, no commitment dates or love.
The average age group is mid-twenties to mid-forties.
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I recently discovered that some friends used dating sites.
My initial reaction was “poor things they must be desperate” because I, naively, did not realise how popular internet dating is.