Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. With the many thousands of apps and websites available it's no surprise that the business is blossoming. In fact, the dating sector is now one of the fastest evolving industries on the planet. And with record numbers of singles turning to the Internet to find love, friendships and hookups, it shows no signs of slowing down.
Led by Millennials, the dating industry has morphed from a socially strange concept to almost universally accepted in just a few years. But where is it heading? Here are three trends that are almost certainly going to continue shaping the industry. The Tinder revolution has no doubt been a defining factor, stripping dating right down to its most superficial qualities. It also requires the least amount of effort and embarrassment.
The problem with this trend is that it's based almost solely on physical attraction from the outset — few take note of written profiles. Of course, attraction is hugely important; however, it's not enough to lay the foundations of a real relationship. Perhaps a dating app that takes the opposite approach wouldn't go amiss; something that only allows people to base their decision on a snippet of profile text, and only reveals pictures in the event of a match.
It probably wouldn't work, but it would certainly be interesting. Extremely Niche Applications and Websites There are some really unconventional dating applications out there: We're starting to see more website and applications focused around particular sub-cultures and orientations, providing yet another method of filtration.
As more people focus on the niche applications, the appeal of Tinder could start to fade. Maybe we'll see singles move back to the more traditional platforms instead. Perhaps websites such as Flirt. Greater Social Network Integration Dating websites have been combating issues with authenticity since the beginning.
At first, the idea of Facebook integration was extremely unappealing. After all, dating is a very private pastime. However, nowadays it has become more accepted, and people trust dating services to be more discreet. Maybe in the future social network integration won't be so transparent.
Whatever you think about online dating, one thing's for sure, as the older generation embraces it, the business will only get bigger! This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.