A few readers have asked us why we don’t have a Questions and Answers which is a column where members send questions for our experts to answer. And our response is what  experts?!

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A recent study was conducted a few months ago that revealed the following:

Here are some of the commonly observed trends regarding online dating, presented in the form of statistics. Approximately 20 million people use  online dating services. The following statistics provide information about the Internet usage patterns of these users.

2010

  • General Information
    • Married couples who met online have an average courtship period of 18.5 months. Married couples who met offline courtship period last on average 42 months. [2]
    • The Better Business Bureau in the US said in 2009 they received 2,660 compaints about dating services. In 2005 they received 824 and only 126 in 2004. [3]
    • The online dating industry is now worth $4 billion worldwide. [4]
    • In 2010 it is estimated that Craigslist will earn $122 million with $88 to $99 million being profit. The Adult Services listings make up 30 percent of the revenue. [5]
    • In the last year 17% of couples who married met on a dating site. [6]
    • 1 in 5 singles have dated someone they met on a dating site. [6]
    • 1 in 5 singles are currently in a committed relationship with someone they met on a dating site. [6]
    • There is an estimated 22.6 million single Catholics in the U.S. [10]
    • The top 3 religions where both the man and the woman in a married couple are from the same religion are: Hindus (90%), Mormons (83%), and Catholics (78%) [10]
    • In 1960, 88% of men aged 35-44 were married, for women it was 87%. By 2007 this percentage had fallen to 69% for men and 72% for women. [10]
    • According to mobile research group Ground Truth, mobile dating saw a 92% increase in users since the summer began. [16]
    • The average user of a mobile phone spends 12 minutes and 44 seconds on mobile dating sites per week. [18]
    • According to Ground Truth, Flirtomatic was the #1 visited dating site this summer through a mobile phone. Match.com was ranked 7th and eHarmony was 17th. [18]
    • Juniper estimates that the overall mobile dating sector will grow to $1.4 billion worldwide by 2013. [20]
  • North America
    • Women who marry a younger men suffer from a 20% increase in mortality rates when compared to marrying someone with a similar age. [7]
    • 22% of Women age 30 to 44 make more money than their husbands. In 1970 this figure was at 4%. [7]
    • Women on average wait until they are 26 to marry. For men it is 28. [9]
    • In the United States there are 51 million smartphone subscribers. [12]
    • On the mobile phone, application use and surfing the internet increased by over 110% in 2009. [12]
    • Texting generated $80 billion of revenue in 2009 and is projected to generate $126 billion by 2014. [12]
    • Online dating nationwide increased 15% from May 2009 to May 2010. In the Bay area (San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland) it increased 22% in the same period of time. [14]
    • New York State passes an Internet Dating Safety Act. It is the second state to do so. [17]
    • Traffic to dating sites in the U.S. rose over 13 percent in 12 months, ending in July. Internet use only increased by 9%. [19]
  • Australia
    • Growth predicted by IBISWorld for the dating industry may reach 10 percent in 2010 to $100 million AUD from subscriptions and advertising. [1]
    • Currently there are about 1.5 million online dating accounts in Australia. This is expected to increase to almost 2 million by 2020. [1]
    • The Australian Competition & Consumers Commission (ACCC) released statistics showing that people reported 550 online dating scams in 2009. This is an increase of 30 percent from 2008. [8]
  • China
    • As of June 15, 2010 China’s soldiers are not allowed to use online dating sites. [11]
  • Japan
    • Fukui Marriage-Hunting Café is the government’s new online dating site for Japanese singles. This is a free service aimed at increasing Japan’s fertility rate of 1.34 children per woman. [15]
  • United Kingdom
    • Someone who has had private education is twice as likely to cheat on their spouse. [13]
    • The volume of Google searches on mobile devices related to dating grew by 215% YoY [‘Year Over Year’] since 2008. [20]
    • Google research has found that searches from laptops and desktop computers for “mobile dating” and “text dating” have grown over 72% YoY. [20]

References

  1. Australian Online Dating Statistics for 2010
  2. More Older Couples met through Online Dating
  3. Better Business Bureau Complaints on the rise for Dating Sites
  4. Zoosk’s new iPhone Application and Chat Feature
  5. Craigslist Revenue Report 2010
  6. Match.com Releases Study on Trends in Online Dating
  7. Women Marrying Men – 2 Statistics
  8. Cupid Media Advocates Online Dating Safety
  9. Young Couples now Waiting to Marry
  10. Catholic Singles are Looking to Faith to find Matches
  11. No Online Love for Soldiers in China
  12. Mobile Dating Statisitcs
  13. Private Education Breeds Adulterers – UK
  14. Online Dating on the Rise among Bay Area Singles
  15. The Japanese Government Gives Cupid A Run For His Money
  16. Top Cities in the U.S. for Dating – 2010
  17. New York Follows New Jersey with Online Dating Safety Law
  18. Mobile Dating Popular this Summer
  19. eHarmony UK set to Raise the Bar
  20. Online Dating Trends: Mobile Dating Comes Of Age

Interacting with girls requires you to ask some good questions to strike a conversation. Such questions prove to be useful as icebreakers and also to take the relationship ahead. To get into a conversation, however, it is necessary to make the person comfortable enough to answer the dating questions easily, without hesitation. Get more information on conversation starters. Let us have a look at some of really interesting questions to ask a girl. Here are few dating questions Continue Reading →

When a guy asks you out for a date, you may be wondering what to say to him. There are several questions to ask a guy, so as to start a conversation, but you need to know the right questions to ask. When you ask dating conversation questions, there is a likelihood that you would get a glimpse of his character. However, you also need to remember that the kind of questions you ask, gives an indication of your character and your outlook towards life. For both the girl and guy, asking proper questions can help create a rapport between the two.

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A Dating Tales reader recently sent in a question about how to approach girls online. For the sake of anonymity, we’ll just call this faithful reader Aiman.

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“How’d you two meet?” Show up to any social event with a date and you’re bound to hear this question. And for the many people who’ve met someone through an online dating site, it can feel like a tough one to answer. While some people have no qualms about sharing the details, others feel a bit embarrassed to go public with the information, somehow feeling it would be more “appropriate” if they had met their date just by accident, without really trying.

So, then, how do you explain how you met your online love? We asked that very question to more than 1,000 people. Check out the eye-opening results of our survey below, Continue Reading →

Online dating has become a popular option for singles today, especially in an age of instant technology and busy schedules. Each year more and more singles are turning to the web to enhance their dating life and many are enjoying success. More marriages than ever are occurring between people who met first online. Of course, if you’re interested in finding the love of your life, you need to learn how to best use the services available.

Here is a look at some great internet dating tips that will help you improve your experience on the web when trying to find love.

Tip #1 – Choose a Service That Works for You

One of the most important internet dating tips to remember is to choose a service that works for you. There are so many services available today that it can be tough to figure out which one will meet your needs. There are general services, relationship services, social networking sites, niche dating websites, and more.

Take a look at all the options and consider what you’re really looking for in a date. Do you just want a fun date, are you looking for a specific demographic when it comes to a potential lover, or friend, or are you looking for something serious that results in marriage? Ask yourself these questions and choose a service that will meet the individual needs and desires that you have.    Continue Reading →

Girl body flirting gestures

Female flirting gestures

Detecting female flirting body language can often be a challenging task. Females do send various body languages while talking to men where it becomes difficult for men to perceive what sort of body language or signs they are sending. They send positive, negative and sometimes mixed feelings both consciously and unconsciously and it is up to the men to take the correct interpretation.Extra effort is needed to decode the signals when a female is trying to send to a man. It is very important for the man to be in his natural way to read the signals properly. He should not overact and try to pretend to be someone he is not. It is then that a female goes on to give more proper and true signals through her body language and it is up to the man to catch hold of them.

Flirting body language signals from a woman can range from a simple smile to any amount of increasing attention over the opposite person. This can include touching the hair, murmuring or even an eye-contact.  Continue Reading →

Getting a man to flirt

Getting a man to flirt

Yesterday, I was flirted with again. 

In the early afternoon, the circuits in my apartment blew. That has never happened before, so I didn’t know how to turn them back on and my landlord wasn’t around. So, while I usually stay chained to my desk from 9-to-whenever, in the hopes of getting as much work done as humanly possible, I had no choice but to spend the rest of the day elsewhere. As I prepared to go out, I dressed for comfort rather than attractiveness — very short black shorts (that probably showed a little back-thigh cellulite though I try not to think about it) and a black T-shirt.

I arrived at my go-to coffee shop only to discover that one of its A/C units was busted, making the place distinctly Inferno-esque. Cranky, I was making my way to another café when I passed a groovy little bakery I’d never paid much attention to before. The place had a few lovely little tables set up — all of them empty. I asked the pink-cheeked young man behind the counter — who couldn’t have been much more than 23 — if it was okay for me to get tea and a sandwich and camp out for a few hours. With a sweep of his arms, he said, “Please! Be my guest.” 

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Just when you think you have seen it all, something new hits you in the face!

Humans will marry robots by year 2050!!

Huh??? Robots???

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Friends claim that I am unfair to Facebook because I have described it as a jungle of weed shared among people with empty lives. Of course  evidence to support my theory has been unscientific at best and based mostly on my occasional visit to FB (yes like every body else that hates Facebook, I have an account there!) 

Now,  that has changed. I can backup my theory,  thanks to a new Web site called Openbook.  Continue Reading →

سألو رئيس عن رأيه في التغيير قال التغيير ده سنة الحياة قالوا طب وسياتك مش هتتغير قال أنا فرض مش سنة ! 

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صعيدي طلب يتعين في مجلس الشعب قالوله أنت أهبل؟ قال يعنى لازم الشرط ده

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  صعيدي مسكوه بيزور فلوس بيقول للضابط أموت واعرف عرفتوا أزاي ؟ الضابط قاله يا ابن الجزمة هو في ورقة ب65 جنيه

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ثلاثة محششين وقفوا تاكسي السواق عرف أنهم محششين شغل العربية وطفأها وقالهم وصلنا الأول دفع الأجرة والتاني قاله شكرا والثالث ضربة على قفاه وقاله متبقاش تجري بسرعة تأني

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مساطيل بيكتبوا محاضرة ورا دكتور كل ما يمسح السبورة يقطعوا الصفحة

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ضابط مرور سأل السواق أنت ليه مش لابس لحزام قاله البنطلون بأستك ياباشا

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 صعيدي شاف أمه محروقة والنار طالعة منها قالها منوره يا حاجة

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واحد بخيل جاله شحات وقاله أنا جعان ومدقتش طعم العيش بقالي يومين قاله نفس الطعم متغيرش

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واحد فافي قوي أتجوز واحدة فافي قوي خلفوا ولد وحش قوي سموه يااااي

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موجه عربي ببقول للمدرس ليه العيال بينطقوا الجيم دال قاله ماهو ده اللي مدنني

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دعاء زوجات 2010: اللهم أشفي رجالنا من الندالة واعمي أبصارهم عن البنات النئاوه واجعل نانسي واليسا وهيفاء في عيونهم زبالة وصور لهم روبي شغالة وقربنا لهم وخلينا في عيونهم أخر حلاوة

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 قسم الرجال المصريين عند الزواج: أقسم برب البريه أن أكون مطيعا للوليه وأن أسلمها المهيه وكل الحوافز الظاهرة                   والمخفية وأن أقطف لها الملوخية وأن أكون في البيت من المغربية وحسبي الله ونعم الوكيل فالست ددددديه

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 إذا وجدت كل الناس يجرون وراء الدنيا اجري معاهم هتقف لوحدك تعمل أيه

 الحياة مشوار طويل فلابد من ……………………………………………… توك توك يوصلنا  

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  قول معايا ذهب الليل طلع الفجر والحشاش كركر شاف الشيشة قالها شفطة قالتله أتفضل

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حرامي دخل على واحده عجوزه يسرقها وهو خارج قالتله أبو الشباب هو مافيش اغتصاب

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ديناصور بيقول لديناصوره هاتي بوسه قالتله عيب قالها ماهو أدب أهلك ده اللي خلانا ننقرض

The Iphone is this decades must have but for the amount of money it costs you’d think it wouldn’t have so many faults such as….
1. The sound quality isn’t that great,
2. The phone frustratingly keeps cutting off.
3- the tethering ( using your iPhone as a modem).. Doesn’t realy work that well
4- many of the apps are useless
5- sometimes when you are halfway through an automated call the screen goes blank, meaning you can’t use your touch keys.
6- iPhones are meant to be held no closer to your body then 15cm as it emits potentialy harmful frequencys to our well being..etc
… But apart from that I love the iPhone!…: )

Age and Technology do not play well together

Age and Technology do not play well together

والله السن لو أحكام يا جماعة.

it clearly states that “smoking kills”. Yet this legal product has claimed many lives. Yet it is endorsed by governments whom are supposed to be looking after our well being for financial gains!.. surely this is a clear cut case of genocide. Sure we have the choice to not smoke.. But those that do fall into the trap of lighting up Their first puff are doomed to become addicted, as have billions of willing victims.. Then it becomes a case of mass suicide!.. Either way it doesn’t look good! Should we be able to sue the companies that have unleashed such a chemical weapon of mass destruction? … What do you think?….

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – The Federal Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates has upheld the right of a man to beat his wife and children for the purpose of “disciplining” them, but only if he leaves no marks and after he has exhausted two other options: admonition and abstaining from sleeping with his wife. Continue Reading →

It’s supposed to be the greatest day of your life, but if family dramas crop up during the planning for your wedding, they can dull your joy. Here’s how to keep your families involved and still retain your happiness. Continue Reading →

Do you remember maps? I’m talking about road maps. Those big, floppy, colorful sheets of paper with cool drawings on them that couldn’t be folded the same way twice. They ae about to join theendangered species list. This is due to the new technology, GPS. This was triggered a few days ago when I was at gas station (petrol station for those on the Island) to buy a map. Only to find out that they removed their entire map kiosk. The owner said they no longer carry maps because no one buys them anymore. I asked why not? He said .. GPS!

People still plan their road trips, but they do it like rats  in a maze. Take a few lefts and a few more rights to get where you want to go but no overview. We just get ordered by a robotic voice where to turn and we blindly oblige.  We’ve lost the big picture.

The other day a GPS on a rented car, told me to make a U Turn .. on an 8 lane highway! And just last week asked me to turn right .. on a bridge over a big river! Thanks to my rebellious personality, I defied the orders!

Now make no mistake, I’m directionally impaired, geographically disoriented, confused by maps, and yet I loved my map and always resisted using a GPS as it is a form of asking directions, which is a big NoNo if you are a man! I guess I will have to warm up to the GPS eventually.

Have we become rats in a maze and lost sight of the overview of life?

I don’t have the answer. Now I have to get back to shopping for a GPS!

Thank you for reading.

Nahar

(Page2Live)  Palm Beach, US: Sarah Palin declared “I’ll run for president if the American people want me to!”

Our take on it: Unconfirmed rumores has it that PeeWee Herman will be her running mate! For those who are not familiar with (PeeWee)

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(MSNBC) Israel: Women seducing the enemy in order to get information has received the blessing of an Israeli rabbi.  The Rabbi said the current situation for the Jewish state warrants using a “honey trap” as a way to deal with the danger that Israel exists with.

Our take on it: Many young Arab men have confessed to having valuable information and now are waiting for the honey!

My mission in life amongst other things is to make the world a better place!… So let’s start with how to de-seed the pomigranite in thirty seconds…
You need a knife, a table spoon… And a pomigranite.
Slice the pomigranite in half.
Turn one half with the exposed seeds facing down in the palm of your cupped hand.
Now beat the pomigranite skin from the edge to the stem… And voilà watch the seeds drop out leaving an empty skin!!! : ) bon apetite!… Did it work???

‏كان هناك ولد يجري خلف فتاة .. فالتفت الفتاة له وقالت الفتاة : لماذا تمشي وراءي ..
الولد : أنا معجب بجمالك ووقعت بحبك من أول نظرة ..
الفتاة : إذا …انظر وراءك زميلتي هي أجمل مني بكثير ..
إلتفت الولد للخلف …
الولد : لا يوجد…أحد خلفي! .
الفتاة : حسناً لو كنت تحبني لما إلتفت وراءك وكملت طريقها.

David Attomborough is one of my heros!… I once watched a documentry that blew my mind…and got me thinking..(be afraid be very afraid!…:) He was reporting from the Amazon jungle, he showed a single leaf with a droplet of water which in turn magnified the intesty of the heat of the sun on the ground. which triggered a forest fire!…this was natures way of rejuvenating the forest allowing new growth to take place..his conclusion was that “The Earth is a thinking mechanism!”. Now there has been much talk about the destruction of the ozone layer, global warming etc. Sure we have a big part to play in the destruction of our beautiful earth. all the global catastrophies are natures way of reacting to our stupidty in part. But the other is Natures natural process.. It is now recognised that the earth is nearing the sun by half an inch every year, so it is inevitable the Earth will heat up. Our shore lines will dissappear and change as it has done so throughout the centuries. IT IS NATURES WAY!!…conclusion do not try and change nature but change our selves and our attitude. We are no match for the universe!!! glad I got that off my chest 🙂

         واحدعنده مزرعة فراخ.. دخل المزرعة لقي كل فرخة بايضة بيضة واحدة بس.. مسك فرخة من رجليها ونتف ريشها وقطعها.. وقال للفراخ اللي مش هتجيب بكرة خمس    بيضات هقطعها زي الفرخة دي.. تاني يوم لقي كل الفراخ بايضة خمس بيضات ماعدا فرخة بايضة تلات بيضات بس.. فقالها ايه ده ؟؟ قالت له استر علي ده انا ديييييييييييك.

 

Forgot to de-friend your wife on Facebook while posting vacation shots of your mistress? Her divorce lawyer will be thrilled.

Oversharing on social networks has led to an overabundance of evidence in divorce cases. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers says 81 percent of its members have used or faced evidence plucked from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites, including YouTube and LinkedIn, over the last five years.

“Oh, I’ve had some fun ones,” said Linda Lea Viken, president-elect of the 1,600-member group. “It’s very, very common in my new cases.”

Facebook is the unrivaled leader for turning virtual reality into real-life divorce drama, Viken said. Sixty-six percent of the lawyers surveyed cited Facebook foibles as the source of online evidence, she said. MySpace followed with 15 percent, followed by Twitter at 5 percent.

About one in five adults uses Facebook for flirting, according to a 2008 report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. But it’s not just kissy pix with the manstress or mistress that show up as evidence. Think of Dad forcing son to de-friend mom, bolstering her alienation of affection claim against him.

“This sort of evidence has gone from nothing to a large percentage of my cases coming in, and it’s pretty darn easy,” Viken said. “It’s like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”

Neither Viken, in Rapid City, S.D., nor other divorce attorneys would besmirch the attorney-client privilege by revealing the identities of clients, but they spoke in broad terms about some of the goofs they’ve encountered:

— Husband goes on Match.com and declares his single, childless status while seeking primary custody of said nonexistent children.

— Husband denies anger management issues but posts on Facebook in his “write something about yourself” section: “If you have the balls to get in my face, I’ll kick your ass into submission.”

— Father seeks custody of the kids, claiming (among other things) that his ex-wife never attends the events of their young ones. Subpoenaed evidence from the gaming site World of Warcraft tracks her there with her boyfriend at the precise time she was supposed to be out with the children. Mom loves Facebook’s Farmville, too, at all the wrong times.

— Mom denies in court that she smokes marijuana but posts partying, pot-smoking photos of herself on Facebook.

The disconnect between real life and online is hardly unique to partners de-coupling in the United States. A DIY divorce site in the United Kingdom, Divorce-Online, reported the word “Facebook” appeared late last year in about one in five of the petitions it was handling. (The company’s caseload now amounts to about 7,000.)

Divorce attorneys Ken and Leslie Matthews, a husband and wife team in Denver, Colo., don’t see quite as many online gems. They estimated 1 in 10 of their cases involves such evidence, compared to a rare case or no cases at all in each of the last three years. Regardless, it’s powerful evidence to plunk down before a judge, they said.

“You’re finding information that you just never get in the normal discovery process — ever,” Leslie Matthews said. “People are just blabbing things all over Facebook. People don’t yet quite connect what they’re saying in their divorce cases is completely different from what they’re saying on Facebook. It doesn’t even occur to them that they’d be found out.”

Social networks are also ripe for divorce-related hate and smear campaigns among battling spousal camps, sometimes spawning legal cases of their own.

“It’s all pretty good evidence,” Viken said. “You can’t really fake a page off of Facebook. The judges don’t really have any problems letting it in.”

The attorneys offer these tips for making sure your out-loud personal life online doesn’t wind up in divorce court:

What you say can and will be held against you
If you plan on lying under oath, don’t load up social networks with evidence to the contrary.

“We tell our clients when they come in, ‘I want to see your Facebook page. I want you to remember that the judge can read that stuff so never write anything you don’t want the judge to hear,'” Viken said.

Beware your frenemies
Going through a divorce is about as emotional as it gets for many couples. The desire to talk trash is great, but so is the pull for friends to take sides.

“They think these people can help get them through it,” said Marlene Eskind Moses, a family law expert in Nashville, Tenn., and current president of the elite academy of divorce attorneys. “It’s the worst possible time to share your feelings online.”

A picture may be worth … big bucks
Grown-ups on a good day should know better than to post boozy, carousing or sexually explicit photos of themselves online, but in the middle of a contentious divorce? Ken Matthews recalls photos of a client’s partially naked estranged wife alongside pictures of their kids on Facebook.

“He was hearing bizarre stories from his kids. Guys around the house all the time. Men running in and out. And there were these pictures,” Matthews said.

Privacy, privacy, privacy
They’re called privacy settings for a reason. Find them. Get to know them. Use them. Keep up when Facebook decides to change them.

Viken tells a familiar story: A client accused her spouse of adultery and he denied it in court. “The guy testified he didn’t have a relationship with this woman. They were just friends. The girlfriend hadn’t put security on her page and there they were. ‘Gee judge, who lied to you?'”

One of our visitors sent us this as a topic to bring to your attention about how social media sites like facebook can have unexpected surprises. 🙂