“In previous generations young Catholics who wanted to marry other faithful Catholics had a lot of options. As the oldest online dating sites approach their 10-year mark, they’re facing colossal company: More than 8,000 online dating sites take in billion annually, resulting in more than 100,000 marriages, says Joe Tracy, publisher of in March, joining more than 41 million Americans who will view online personals this year, Tracy says.
Eileen Bock, a 33-year-old graduate student in Chicago, has attended weddings for couples who met online, but she still finds the prospect unappealing.
“The best relationships I’ve been in have been with guys that I meet in a non-dating situation,” she says.
“There was no pressure to date or impress each other, so we became friends.” Lino Rulli, 34, former host of the nationally syndicated Catholic TV show , agrees.
: A doctor with dimples in his cheeks and champagne in his hand lounging in a hot tub. Jen Perkovich, a 26-year-old nurse from Woodbury, Minnesota, flinched when she spotted Ryan Dick’s personal ad on Online dating is no longer confined to the desperate.
And 16 months later, she accepted his marriage proposal.
” But his electronic wink piqued her curiosity, so Perkovich winked back.It’s a practical—and preferable—alternative to the bar scene and workplace for busy, mobile professionals, many say.And thousands of Catholics like Dick and Perkovich are fueling the phenomenon.“It was inevitable,” says Mary Beth Bonacci, founder of Real Love Inc., a Denver-based Catholic singles ministry.“You’ve got record numbers of unmarried adults, most of whom are busy and wouldn’t know where to start looking for a spouse.And you’ve got this new technology that allows people from all over the world to communicate.” The quaint dating techniques that sufficed for their grandparents and parents aren’t working as well for today’s singles, Bonacci adds.