Dating site for young
Tinder, America’s fast-growing online-dating juggernaut, last week unveiled its first big branding partnership aimed at its core audience of millennial fling-seekers: a neon-drenched video-ad campaign hyping Bud Light’s mega-keg party, “Whatever, USA.” Meanwhile, over at Tinder’s less-youthful rival e Harmony, a recent ad saw its 80-year-old founder counseling a single woman besieged by bridesmaid’s invitations to take some time (and, of course, the site’s 200-question compatibility quiz) to find that special someone: “Beth, do you want fast or forever?” Both companies are dominant forces in America’s $2.2 billion online-dating industry, which in the last few years has quickly become a bedrock of the American love life.
Making a profile by answering hundreds of questions was once a necessary move to bring legitimacy to online dating.They put all their money on one variable: looks,” said e Harmony founder Neil Clark Warren, a grandfather of nine who’s been married for 56 years. It’s also become increasingly addictive: The average user checked the app 11 times a day, seven minutes at a time, the firm said in 2013. It is one of several dating sites in Inter Active Corp., the monolithic New York media conglomerate, which also owns Match.com, OKCupid and a heap of shallower dating pools, including Gen XPeople Meet.com, Divorced People and Little People Match alone has more than 2 million daters across North America, a third of whom are over the age of 50.Last year, the firm rolled out a live-matchmaker service, e H , that cost $5,000, and the firm has invested in sites shifting its algorithm to other adult arenas, as in looking for the right job.But the site that brands itself as “a different kind of relationship company” has seen its own challenges.“There are limits to the percentage of single people who will become active Tinder users and repeating ‘casual daters,'” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a February note to clients.
“And in our view, Tinder is reaching those limits.” EHarmony has not shied away from its reputation as an overbearing matchmaker, slow but comprehensive, with long-term interests at heart.
Tinder shook up the dating world, known for its long personality quizzes and profile-based matchmaking, with its ego-boosting, hook-up-friendly, mobile flirting app: Two daters are presented with each other’s photos, and if (and only if) they both like what they see and swipe right, the service hooks them up with a chat box, where the daters can take it from there.
After taking off on college campuses, Tinder now boasts 26 million matches a day, and its leaders have invested heavily in maintaining its reputation as a hook-up haven for young people.
One in 10 adults now average more than an hour every day on a dating site or app, Nielsen data show.
Yet for all their growth, the companies have staggeringly different ideas of how American daters can find their match — and how to best serve different generations.
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