FOR the lovelorn, the new year can be an unhappy time, as they cast envious glances in the direction of lovey-dovey couples at the season's parties.
For online-dating agencies, it is a golden opportunity, as people who have spent the holidays ruminating over unsatisfactory or non-existent love lives log on in their thousands, hoping to find romance—ideally before February 14th.
College students from all walks of life try online dating, and Pew reports that 36 percent of all single people have tried online dating.
Online dating can make it easier to meet people, particularly for shy or socially awkward people, so people who are uncomfortable with the bar scene or who don't have a large group of friends might be more likely to date online.
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People aged 18 to 30 are more likely to use online dating than other demographics, and some dating sites are targeted specifically to college students.
In 1965, a pair of University of Michigan undergrads found each other with the help of a primitive computer dating program.Mina Jo Rosenbloom was in her junior year when she and Michael Linver, just admitted to medical school, became computer dating’s digital Adam and Eve. He came across a crazy ad for a dating service that used computers.Their mutual willingness to take a chance paid off.However, according to Internet World Stats, Internet usage has doubled since that time, so the percentage of people using online dating has also likely increased.Pew also reported that 18 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 use online dating.