Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.
A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.
Online dating services also differ widely in their revenue streams.
Some sites are completely free and depend on advertising for revenue.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.
Sometimes one person is more interested in the match than the other, which may make it more difficult on the person arranging the date to judge whether the date will be successful.
Furthermore, due to the unfamiliarity of the two people the date is shorter than most because they are in the beginning stages of a relationship.
Family and friends have been declining in their influence over the dating market for the past 60 years.
In the past 15 years, the rise of the Internet has also displaced the neighborhood, the workplace, and the circle of friends as sources of dating partners.
This process altogether can be very stressful for the parents and the child because they are not always in agreement.