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About internet dating

Introduction sites differ from the traditional online dating model, and attracted a large number of users and significant investor interest.

A great diversity of online dating services currently exists (see Comparison of online dating services).

Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.

At the end of November 2004, there were 844 lifestyle and dating sites, a 38% increase since the start of the year, according to Hitwise Inc.

The stigma associated with online dating dropped over the years and people view online dating more positively.

Over 50% of research participants in a 2011 study did not view online dating as a dangerous activity, whereas 43% thought that online dating involved risk.

Because online dating takes place in virtual space, it is possible for profile information to be misrepresented or falsified.

Still others rely solely on paid membership subscriptions.

Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.

Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.

Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.

Most free dating websites depend on advertising revenue, using tools such as Google Ad Sense and affiliate marketing.