It's about exploring all avenues and putting yourself out there."STORY: Author: Online dating changed everything As online dating revolutionized romance in America over the past decade, the proliferation of dating apps is now taking love to a whole new level, remaking an industry that's expected to reach .2 billion this year.
The mobile dating segment is projected to double its revenue over the next five years.
This Valentine's Day, fewer singles searching for love are tethered to laptops or those other technological relics: desktops.
Just as other industries have watched online traffic and business migrate from the Web to mobile devices, the dating industry has been rolling out apps that are connecting hearts, and breaking them, in surprising new ways and splintering an audience once captured almost exclusively by the goliaths of online dating."I see the industry breaking off into a billion different directions," says Marc Lesnick, founder of i Date, an annual trade show for the online dating industry.
For gay men, there's and a site launched in December called Stagg."I love the site Date My Pet. She had tried JDate after college graduation and "ended up going on horrible dates.""One guy was talking about the mating of bees for three hours straight," says Levine, now also of Seattle. I was talking to two guys on JDate at the time and planning on meeting both.
"Most of my friends -- when they would tell me stories, they are not good stories about dating online. I went on the date with Corey first and canceled the other date," Levine says.
If you have a specific dating need to be fulfilled -- from the sacred to the scandalous -- there's probably a site for you, many with their own apps as well. That's where it's heading."Among the satisfied customers are Melissa Levine, 27, a physician assistant, and Corey Pew, 29, an engineer.
Arseniuk, a writer in New York, plunged into both about six months ago after the end of a three-year relationship. "I could be at a coffee shop or meeting a girlfriend and she's running late, so I could fire up the app and see who's around," she says."It's kind of a good supplement to the more traditional Web-based dating sites.