Business Today reported that the industry is worth about billion globally.

Some dating sites use highly specific membership criteria to stay ahead of the competition by increasing compatibility rates.

Interestingly, almost all of blocked URLs belonged to ONI’s ‘social’ category.

Denise said the company is unsure whether such a business venture would be “accepted by the local internet user population or if it would it be seen as something so different and wrong, eating away at local traditions.” Despite the absence of local online matchmaking sites, a variety of more casual forums exist: notably Tagged.com, G-Chat and what is arguably the world’s most popular site for romantic introductions, Facebook.

All a person really needs is access to the internet and, as an anonymous online dater told The Myanmar Times, a sense of “curiosity.” “Thiri” (not her real name) signed up to in 2009 and met her boyfriend through the site a year later.

I never lied about myself, so I was a lucky one.” Her friend then chipped in with a giggle, “But you are beautiful and wealthy…” Ei Mon San and Sai Aung Zaw Tun met on Google Talk and married four years later.

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“Many people lie about their marital status, age and looks,” she said.

She was thus pleasantly surprised to discover that the object of her affections looked exactly the same in real life as he did in the photos he’d sent via Gmail – and that he really is a doctor and the same age as her.w=286&h=300" width="286" height="300" srcset="https://jessicamudditt.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/ei-mon-san-and-sai-aung-zaw-tun.jpg? w=286&h=300 286w, https://jessicamudditt.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/ei-mon-san-and-sai-aung-zaw-tun.jpg? w=143&h=150 143w, https://jessicamudditt.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/370w" sizes="(max-width: 286px) 100vw, 286px" / True love is elusive – some would say illusory – and as Valentine’s Day approaches, the chances of finding it can feel depressingly slim for singles.It’s therefore no surprise that since the world’s first online dating website, Match.com, was launched in 1995, millions of people have turned to the internet to increase their chances of finding that special someone.She said that after chatting online for a while, “He asked for my phone number and when we talked, I could tell he had a great sense of humour.” He called Thiri four times a day for two months – “in the morning, then around lunchtime, dinner and bedtime.He seemed very kind and really cared about me.” Nevertheless, Thiri knew firsthand how easy it is for people to create a false impression in order to entice people into a romance.The stigma initially associated with online dating – that is, being judged “desperate and dateless” – has largely melted away. Technology analyst firm Tekrati estimated that the online dating market in the United States generated US2 million in 2011 and in 2009 The Guardian stated that, “Fifteen million people in Britain are single, and almost five million are shopping for love online.” In India, traditional matrimonial sites may soon be overshadowed.