Sunday, December 27, 2009

What happens when online dating goes mobile?

Posted By on Sun, Dec 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM

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While online dating was popularized in the 2000s, the 2010s will surely give rise to the latest trend in electronic dating: mobile matchmaking services. These services, which usually operate via an iPhone application, locate other singles based on your current location. As reported by The Washington Post, one such dating service, Skout, recently polled its users to understand how this new technology is being used. While the results only apply to the vanguard of the mobile dating scene, the findings may provide insight into what the mainstream dating landscape will look like in a few years, when iPhones are as common as camera phones. The below statistics are based on a survey of roughly 500 male and 500 female Skout users, 20-30-years-old.

-51% have met-up with a single they “met” on their iPhone and 69% feel comfortable doing so.

-40% use cell phone dating services while in bars, clubs, and restaurants.

-20% exclusively use these services outside the home.

-35% use it at work.

-Only 29% believe spending time with the family takes priority over dating during the holidays.

-20% already have a significant other, half of who use the service with their partner’s approval.

Check out the full article at washingtonpost.com


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