Current dating trends
Maybe they grew up next door to each other or maybe their parents arranged the whole thing.
Studies show the strong impact that scent has on attraction, with Scientific going on to explain that ‘we love how other people smell when their immune systems are different from ours – they smell sexier’.Even more remarkable than the speed with which such services became mainstream is our willingness to fess up: Maybe it wasn’t so much a meet cute as it was a photo swipe while sitting on the john. Online dating will be a $2 billion industry in 2016, according to market research firm Ibisworld.And the rise of the smartphone is only going to increase that adoption. How did matchmaker services make the transition from embarrassing, mullet-wearing, VHS tape services to the thing we do while waiting in line at Trader Joe’s?and the next thing you know, falling in love is forever changed.Vox recently analyzed data from 35 years’ worth of wedding announcements in The New York Times, and found that “online” now ranks as the third most common way people meet — second only to “school” and “mutual friend.” In the older-than-40 age range, it creeps into the second spot. We already trust our computers to do our shopping and banking, why shouldn’t the fruits of the home computer revolution help us find love?This is an ongoing project that I plan to add to regularly.
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While most matchmaking services would require you to submit a photo, bio and at the very least your gender or sexual preference, Smell Dating only requires one thing: a t-shirt that smells of you. Perfumes and deodorants are discouraged as they may overpower your natural smell but cigarette smoke and other scents that reflect your lifestyle choices are allowed.
Three days later, once your t-shirt is sufficiently grubby and smells of your natural odour, it is sent back to the company and in return you will receive 10 equally smelly t-shirts (yay! After giving each t-shirt a whiff and carefully selecting your favourite, you must wait to see if the feelings are mutual and if your scent is as attractive as you hope. Created by the quirky digital group ‘Useless Press’, Smell Dating is still in experimental stages and currently only limited to 100 people.
After all, even a full decade after a site called entered that brave new world with $1.7 million in startup funding (enough to warrant the 1995 Wired article “Love and Money”), the phenomenon was still an emerging novelty.
“When we first studied online dating habits in 2005,” the research center explained in a follow-up published earlier this year, “most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.” At the time of the study, was number two on Pew’s list of the top 10 “personals sites,” with e Harmony (founded in 2000 during the dot-com boom) a distant seventh.
And more important, when did it become OK to finally stop lying to our parents about how we met our significant others?