Users and Owners of Online Dating Services Face Challenges

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Over the past few years, the popularity of online dating has grown in leaps and bounds. Anyone with a computer is just a few clicks away from meeting thousands of singles looking for a date. Yet many people fail simply because they do not fill their profile out properly.

A quick look at many online dating sites reveals that well over half of all users have failed to post a picture or even basic description of themselves.

For both users and the online dating service this can pose serious problems. The impact on the user is perhaps obvious. Their choice of contacts is dramatically lowered. Are you likely to contact a person without first seeing a picture or even a description? For the online dating service, it brings the question of quantity versus quality -- should they allow members to post profiles without either a photo or a description?

Many online dating sites are now responding to these problems but introducing quality control methods to reduce the numbers of false signups, profiles with no content and inappropriate postings. This is good news for everyone.

There are now a number of Internet resources available to help users write their profile, giving advice on writing a description themselves and how to post a picture. Statistics show that users who post a picture dramatically increase their chances of being contacted so the issue of creating a quality online dating profile is as much to the benefit of the user as they are to the dating Web site.

For those interested in further information on this issue a number of online dating tips and articles have been posted on the site below.


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Marc Newman