A Whole New Dating World

Around the globe, everyone has different ways of meeting people and dating. In some cultures, going out in couples is common; in others, young people tend to go out in groups; in still others, meeting a potential partner is arranged by your family. Word has it that the French don’t date at all—but that’s probably another story. You get the idea: Different parts of the world, different dating styles.

… and then came digital. Now, almost no matter where you are, you can meet and engage with others online and via apps. It’s a whole new dating world.

Will apps permanently change the way people date? It’s probably too early to tell—but they are being adopted around the globe—and in some countries, at least, adapted to suit the culture.

Different Cultures, Different Apps

Globally, the mobile dating market is expected to be worth $2.3 billion by 2016, up from $1 billion in 2011. The most popular apps vary by country. (See stats on Zoosk and Badoo, below, for example.)

A study by Ericsson covering Russia, India, and Brazil found that 6 percent of respondents used dating apps daily.

One in 10 Americans has used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and 7 percent of mobile phone app users (representing 3 percent of all adults) report having used a dating app on their mobile phone (according to Pew Research).

“Thrill,” a dating app that debuted in India in 2013, addresses concerns in that country. In a Times of India article, Malini Agarwal, blogger and founder of social group Friday Club, said, “There is also the feeling that you have to be extra careful, especially when you hear horror stories of rape and attacks. […] Thrill’s ‘he applies she decides’ approach enables women to choose the men they want in.”

In a post about Momo, a popular Chinese dating app, the MobiSights blog commented on dating apps and Chinese culture: “It is common for people to prefer this way of meeting others, as cultural norms make indirect contact more comfortable in Asian cultures.”

Marketplace Apps

Has all this talk of dating apps whetted your appetite? Check out some of the dating apps on Firefox Marketplace:

  • Zoosk is used by more than 25 million people worldwide. It’s among the top dating apps in North America and in Europe.*
  • Duego is available in 180 countries. It’s location-based, to help you meet new people around you.
  • Badoo has more than 180 million users. It’s among the top dating apps in Europe, Brazil, and Eurasia.*

No word on how popular these are in France.




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