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The evolution of online dating

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Nowadays online dating has almost become a norm in the dating world along with other types of dating, such as blind dates and speed dating. Due to the popularity of online dating, new and unique dating sites seem to pop up online on a daily basis. However, this was not always the case, as online dating went through a series of evolutionary steps to become what it is today.

The concept of online dating first began in 1995 when Match.com was launched on the internet. Founder Gary Kreman initially came up with the idea to find love for himself instead of the world: "My genesis and idea was to find the right woman for myself. I had the idea that if I put all the women in the world in a database and sorted it on my criteria, I’d find the right woman to marry.” Match.com became the first internet dating service available at the time, which only included the simple service of matched people based on profiles of likes and dislikes.

Match.com turned out to be a huge success and it became the pioneer of the online dating trend. Now the site has up to millions of unique visitors per month, as the site offers a varied user base for those who are not picky or do not have specific requirements. As the online dating trend was on the rise, this led to an increase of niche online dating sites which cater to a specific audience.

Popular examples of niche dating sites include VeggieDate.com, a dating site specifically for vegetarian singles and WeWaited.com, a dating site for virgins waiting until marriage. Over time, niche dating sites became more popular than broad ones, as people could narrow the pool of potential matches and have a mutual interest or preference to talk about with a romantic interest.

For those who would like to find out more on the wide pool of online dating sites available, Dating Sites XO provides a list of popular dating sites sorted by ethnicity, nationality, religion, niche, profession and age. With a vast range of broad and niche dating sites available for free, single people can be connected to anyone at the other end of the world and find love through international borders!

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