Globalization and online dating
It is a deep dark secret of mine that I used to be a philatelist—yes, you can denigrate that fine hobby by calling it stamp collecting if you wish.
I collected certain kinds of 19th-century postal history (mailed envelopes) and I used to enjoy travelling from dealer to dealer digging through bins of musty postal history looking for the items that I collected. Collecting postal history has gone from a labor of seeking out interesting shops and sales and digging through musty boxes to one of logging on to e Bay, typing in a search request (19th-century postal history), and clicking on whatever envelope covers catch my eye. Now I realize that the economic language of frictionless markets isn't very romantic, but the fact is that the dating game is a kind of market whether we want to admit it or not.
Dan Slater asks whether online dating leads us to value our relationships less and whether that is a problem.
I agree that it's a problem, but it isn't the only problem.
Or rather, it's just a small part of a bigger problem with online dating.
She refuses to let her parents dictate her future or her life partner.(Not really sure, I tell her.)I’m on Anastasia Date.com, the leading provider of “premium international dating” services for singles looking for love abroad.(Her name being the same as the site's is a coincidence.) Premium international dating is a new name for what’s traditionally referred to as the mail-order bride business. Its user growth is even more impressive: The site’s traffic grew 220% in 2012. The advent of globalization and the ubiquity of online dating has set the stage for new-age mail-order bride companies to gain unprecedented popularity.In March, Anastasia Date was the 29th most popular online dating service period, in a category of 1,400 sites.And the company believes there’s room for expansion.
And thanks to people like me willing to pay to talk with beautiful young women like Anastasia -- who was paid to respond -- the trade is doing pretty well.. It now has four million users, who cumulatively spend some 360 million hours on the site per year. According to market research firm Experian Marketing Services, the top 10 premium international dating sites drew 12.2 million visits in March.