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Right Now Is The Peak Time Of The Year For Online Dating

WASHINGTON POST - Jan 3 - According to and POF, the window when the most people sign up, log on and poke around is January 4th. Dating sites see way more action between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day than they do any other time of the year. This cycle doesn’t just play out on dating sites. According to Facebook, people are far more likely to change their relationship status in January or February than they are at any other time of year. Offline, the holiday season tends to see a jump in both condom sales and conceptions. ... ating.html

OkCupid Co-founder: The ‘Human Story’ Behind Big Data

GLOBE AND MAIL - Jan 2 - Christian Rudder recently took the wealth of information OkCupid has accumulated over its decade online and spun it from blog into book: Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), which outlines familiar insights about human behaviour. The book confirms that, men tend to find 22-year-old women the most attractive, women find men around their own age best-looking, and people routinely rate potential matches of their own ethnicity as more attractive than others. “If Big Data’s two running stories have been surveillance and money, for the last three years I’ve been working on a third: The human story,” he writes in the introduction to Dataclysm. ... -data.html


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Predators Are Using Tinder To Meet Underage Girls

TECHGEEK.COM.AU - Jan 5 - A Melbourne-based group have created The Tinder Experiment, where they confront the people who are using the app to groom underage girls into having sex. Tinder does allow underage people. According to Tinder, 7% of its total user base is 13 - 17. Its former co-founder Justin Mateen defended the move, saying that there was “nothing wrong with 13 and 17-year-olds making friends and connecting with new people on Tinder.” ... girls.html

Dating Apps Blamed For Soaring STDs

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Jan 3 - Peter Greenhouse, of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said: "These apps make having casual sex a damn sight easier." Advocates say it works because it is spontaneous and discreet, but critics believe it is making casual sex more normal. Mr Greenhouse said: 'Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes.' ... -stds.html


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A Dating App, Happn, To Find A Match Nearby

NY TIMES - Dec 31 - French dating app called Happn started in New York in September. Happn works by simple geolocation. It scoops up every prospective partner within a couple of blocks, or roughly a 275-yard radius. The matching process is very similar to Tinder; if both parties signal interest, the app connects them. If users are interested in someone who has yet to notice them, they can send that person a notification called a “charm.” Though the app is free, charms must be purchased — 10 for $1.99. Happn has just reached 80K users in New York. ... earby.html

Now Tinder Is Being Used To ID Suspected Thieves

TECH CRUNCH - Dec 23 - Stories of thieves being caught by Facebook or Twitter are nothing new. But David Petersen, co-founder of San Francisco-based startup Buildzoom, used Tinder to ID the person he claimed is responsible for stealing $30K worth of computers and gadgets from his company. He opened a Tinder account, uploaded the suspected thief’s CCTV photo alongside the words “I rob offices in SF, $5K reward for identifying me.” He received an email with her name and a photo just two days later. ... ieves.html


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SimilarWeb: New Online Dating Rankings

OPW - Dec 23 - We have just listed new US & European, Russian and Australian online dating rankings (courtesy of is kind enough to offer these rankings every quarter. ... kings.html Dating Site That Highlights Imperfections

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Dec 23 - Settle for Love is a new dating site that provides a platform for people to recognize, in addition to their positive traits, their imperfections. A user's profile includes a format to submit both "good" and "bad" pictures, a list of "positive" traits and a list of "imperfections." ... tions.html


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