Q: How popular is online dating?
A: According to Online Dating Magazine, more than 20% of singles in the United States have gone on an actual date with someone they met online. And every year there are more than 280,000 people who marry as a direct result of meeting via an online dating service.
Online dating services are one of the most profitable online markets. The online dating industry, in the United States alone, is worth more than $2 billion a year.
The online dating services used the most by singles in the United States are Match.com, eHarmony, and Plenty of Fish. Ironically, all three of those sites are different. Match.com is a general online dating service where you browse through a catalog of people to date. eHarmony is a relationship service where you fill out a profile and based on your answers, eHarmony provides you with matches. Plenty of Fish is a free online dating service that has skyrocketed in popularity.