Or messaging with folks I never really wanted to date.
One study suggests that the ideal time to meet is between 17 and 23 days after the first message is sent.
It uses GPS technology so you can see profiles of singles nearby.
Mosser, a teacher working in Indianapolis, used the app for a month and met her current boyfriend. “I liked Tinder because the only way you ever matched up with a person was if it was mutually agreed upon,” she says.
But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?
About one out of every eight Internet users in India is signed up on one of the country's so-called "matrimonial websites." These are the Indian version of online dating sites like but with the understanding that "the first meeting between two paired users will be to chat about their wedding," writes P. Jenkins is an American man living in India who discussed the trend for The Atlantic after signing up briefly with matrimonial site
is one of India's three most popular marriage sites, according to Jenkins, along with and Bharat
This survey of 433 online daters showed that the longer they waited to meet their emailer in person, the more likely they were to feel let down when they finally did meet up.
I know when I've emailed with someone for weeks, I have increased expectations.
And while the sites are geared toward the marriage-minded, they're not all that different from American dating websites, especially the more relationship-oriented ones.
from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a billion industry.
A commercial for Bharat Matrimony's personalized service touts marriages that are not arranged but "assisted!
" There are more than 100 Indian websites comprising India's online matrimonial market, notes Jenkins. an individual can browse for his or her ideal spouse among a catalog of potential candidates organized by the personal information that apparently matters most: religion, caste, income, fairness of skin, family background, and so on. Unlike online dating services, which at least superficially foster some sort of romantic connection, and which are effectively nonexistent in India, matrimonial websites are predicated on the idea that the first meeting between two paired users will be to chat about their wedding.
Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.
The first prominent online dating site was Match.com, which launched in 1995.