Cell phone text dating
Some experts believe that the rise in mobile dating is due to the growing popularity of online dating.
Others believe it is all about choice, as Joe Brennan Jr., vice president of Webdate says, "It's about giving people a choice. They can date on their handset, it's all about letting people decide what path is best for them." A recently published study shows that currently 7.8 million singles in the UK search for a partner online every month.
In the dating market, both online dating sites are adding mobile web versions and applications to phones.
Some sites are offered as mobile only for Phones and Pads, with no access to web versions.
and 3G Dating is emerging as 3G networks and Video Mobiles become more widespread.
The potential for one-to-one video calling offers additional safety and helps ensures members are real.
At the 2012 i Date Mobile Dating Conference, the first ever consumer focus group for mobile dating apps unanimously reiterated the same complaints from years prior. These concerns varied between participants and included physical, emotional and sexual risks, the risk of being scammed, the risk of encountering dangerous and dodgy people, the risk of pregnancy, risks to family, the risk of lies and deceit.
These services allow their users to provide information about themselves in a short profile which is either stored in their phones as a dating ID or as a username on the mobile dating site.
This is already a significant increase from 2011 (6.3 million).
This increase is allegedly caused by Mobile Dating due to current social dating services like Tinder or Badoo, which allow people to quickly make new contacts on the go.
Usually these sites are free to use but standard text messaging fees may still apply as well as a small fee the dating service charges per message.
Mobile dating websites, in order to increase the opportunities for meeting, focus attention on users that share the same social network and proximity.