Construction of search term combinations was not straightforward as there are no specific indexing terms to target online dating.The search terms we used captured the concept ‘internet OR net OR online’ combined using AND with ‘dating OR love OR courtship’ employing a combination of indexing terms, text words and word variants appropriate to the terminology and structure of each database.
Communication refers to users' opportunity to use various forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC) to interact with specific potential partners through the dating site before meeting face-to-face.
Matching refers to a site's use of a mathematical algorithm to select potential partners for users.
We synthesised this evidence to learn how online dating could be improved, maximising the chances of converting electronic communication into a face-to-face meeting.
We performed an extensive search in English language, using Psychinfo, Pub Med and Embase in November 2013.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.
, Dan Slater argues that online dating threatens commitment.
The ease of finding new romantic partners on sites like Ok Cupid and Match.com, he believes, makes it difficult to settle on just one person.
Behavioral economics has shown that the dating market for singles in Western society is grossly inefficient, especially once individuals exit high school or college, he explains.