e Harmony and have over 30 million users combined and the sites that focus mainly on Catholics—Catholicmingle.com, and Avemariasingles.com—account for well over 200,000 individuals.
population having tried internet dating, it has become one of the largest online industries, grossing almost two billion dollars in 2011.
Given these numbers, it is fair to ask how helpful these sites are for finding successful relationships, including marital ones. • These sites enable you to overcome many geographical limitations.
You can contact others of similar interests that are beyond where you work, live, and worship.
• You have a better chance of meeting people with similar beliefs.
The websites either match you with people based on your preferences or provide tools that enable you to do the searching yourself.
The Catholic sites have the added advantage of emphasizing a person’s faith.
This enables people to discuss their beliefs up front, in the first few interactions, instead of after several conversations or dates.
As shared values are essential for successful relationships and marriage, it is helpful to discuss them as you get to know someone and before you move forward in a relationship.• The sites make it easier to meet people in-person, the best way to evaluate the potential for a relationship.They help you draw from a large pool of individuals to find those who might be of interest to you.After a few interactions on line, the sites often suggest a short meeting in a public place, like a coffee shop, to see if you want to continue getting to know the other person.(Three or four online interactions seem to be ideal as by then you know if you are interested and you have found out most of what you can without meeting in person.) Many of the sites even sponsor events for users to facilitate these face-to-face meetings.Match.com, for example, has just launched a new initiative called “The Stir” where they sponsor events for users to meet each other.