What are some well-known dating services?


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Some well-known online dating sites are Match.com, eHarmony and ChristianMingle. The online dating market is worth about $1.7 billion annually as of 2015, with the average customer spending $243 on a dating site.

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Started in 1995, Match.com is one of the early pioneers of the online dating industry. It has about 23.5 million users and operates in 24 countries and 15 languages. Users can upload up to 26 photos and select criteria to parse for potential romantic interests. Communication between members initially occurs using an anonymous online network to protect privacy until members choose to divulge personal information.

Clinical psychologist and marriage counselor Dr. Neil Clark Warren started eHarmony in 1997, and as of 2015, the site has about 16.5 million users in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The site uses proprietary software called the Compatibility Matching System to find users their potential matches.

Launched in 2001, ChristianMingle is the largest online dating website for people who desire to date and marry within the Christian religion. It claims to have 15 million users.

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