At a press launch, Facebook reps showed off the new product, explaining that it could be used to search for restaurants, or for job recruiting.
“The other side is there will be more breakups, because people won’t feel imprisoned in relationships that aren’t right.” And that, Slater and others predict, could erode the values of commitment.As the story goes, the first-ever matchmaker made his first match in the city of Haran, in what is now Turkey.The question, casting forward, is how that will change the very institution that many daters seek—marriage.In the industry, the dominant view is that espoused by U.On the day of the announcement, the stock price of Inter Active Corp—the parent site of online dating behemoths —dropped by more than two per cent. Over the past two decades, the Internet has become a fixture of the modern-day romance plot.
In the early ’90s, just one per cent of new relationships began online.By 2009, that number had grown to around 20 per cent for heterosexual couples, and 60 per cent for same-sex matches.An estimated 30 to 40 million North Americans now use online dating sites.In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.“We will reach a point when people don’t distinguish between meeting online and off-line,” he says.