In the panel discussion Algorithms and Match Making: Dating in the Age of Digital held during Internet Week New York, disagreement arose between panelists Sam Yagan (co-founder of Ok Cupid) and Brian Schecter (co-founder of How About We.com) over the usefulness of algorithms in online dating. Jean Carroll (co-founder of Tawkify.com) explained Tawkify's position: "We take them [users] off the internet like that.They're not even allowed to sit around on the internet because that is time-wasting. Time well-spent is when you're with somebody or talking." Users cannot see profiles or pictures of other users, which are reserved for matchmakers.They use private profiles to aid that process--along with a 80K and growing member-strong network.
'But with the popularity of online dating, it is imperative we understand the factors that influence satisfaction in relationships formed in this way.'Charlotte Harper, of Match.com, said: 'We were thrilled to find so many of our former members have found love.
'It supports our belief that the internet does in fact encourage old-fashioned courtship.' After failing to find love through the personal ads of his local newspaper, Robert Hammond was keen to give internet dating a go.
It found that one in five of those who have used dating sites to find their perfect partner have gone on to marry someone they met over the web. , also revealed that more than half of the 1,504 people questioned had been on a date with someone they met in cyberspace.
Sixty-two per cent agreed that it was easier to meet someone on a dating site than in other ways, such as in a pub or club, or through friends.
The researchers studied relationships formed on online dating website over a six-month period.