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SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.Since its founding in 1991, It's Just Lunch has arranged over 2 million first dates around the world.Clients have an interview with the company, and then It's Just Lunch's matchmakers arrange the details of the date.Amy Giberson, now 34, was reluctant to try internet dating again but she decided to give it one more shot in 2014. There are a slew of sites and apps to help singles find love and, for the most part, they work, according to Consumer Reports.She downloaded the Match app and connected with Justin Pounders, also 34, almost immediately. Nearly half, or 44 percent, of those who tried online dating said it led to a serious long-term relationship or marriage, the magazine found.Based in New England, Successful Singles is a dating site that has been in operation since 1984.It works with attractive, well-educated residents who are interested in meeting other singles looking for a long-term relationship.
Its staff meets with all clients in person to screen them."Unlike shopping for a bank or a refrigerator, in the case of online dating, the refrigerator has to like you back," Gilman said."There is a different level of exposure to disappointment and that's captured in the poor overall scores." Once considered taboo, online dating is now a socially accepted and booming multibillion dollar business that continues to grow.Events and Adventures is a dating site geared toward introducing singles at group social events.It schedules events and outings that its members can sign up for and meet other people in the process.