Web sex dating
As many as 11% of American adults have used an online dating site of some type, including Match, e Harmony, and OKCupid.
Some sites use technology like GPS to match singles who are nearby, or video-chat features like Face Time or Skype. Online dating lets you branch out beyond your social circle as you search for a partner, says Paul Eastwick, Ph D, assistant professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas in Austin.
Levy says she's willing to branch out beyond her religion.
She’s used Jewish dating sites like JDate in the past, but is now open to looking for men who share her interests, if not her background.
It uses GPS technology so you can see profiles of singles nearby.
Mosser, a teacher working in Indianapolis, used the app for a month and met her current boyfriend. “I liked Tinder because the only way you ever matched up with a person was if it was mutually agreed upon,” she says.
When they meet in person, they may complain that the person doesn’t match the perception, says ben-David.
“It’s like our own internal movie screen and we project what we want to see,” he says. ’ But you are working with personas as opposed to actual people.” Mobile dating was a convenient way for Mosser to meet men her age who lived nearby, she says.
“That was something I grew up with, but religion has become less important" than other things, like having a similar lifestyle.
She also recently downloaded JSwipe, a similar app for Jewish singles. If you are chatting [online] with people too long, you have too many expectations.” While location and speed may be everything for some singles, other newer dating sites are narrowing the field in a different way. People who have strong political, theological, or social viewpoints tend to want to meet someone who falls in line with their views, says Misha ben-David, a rabbi and licensed counselor also based in Austin.
“These apps are as close to organic dating as you can get without sitting at a bar,” Levy says. They match members based on shared ethnicity, religion, or background. The site’s banner includes biblical quotes and symbolism to attract Christian singles. Using the tagline “City folks just don’t get it,” this site matches singles who live on rural farms or ranches. This mobile app focuses on African-American singles, mimicking Tinder’s GPS technology. But just because someone shares your politics or race may not mean you'll have chemistry, he says.
“It is very hard to get a sense of personal chemistry from an online dating profile," he says.
Dating apps that don't ask you to make a detailed profile "may save people a lot of wasted time and energy.” Karen Levy, a 45-year-old pet-care entrepreneur in Atlanta, also likes the way Tinder allows users to make quick decisions. This site focuses on singles with Asian backgrounds.