As a new way to connect with people and create relationships, the ‘online dating’ realm has seen an explosion of new jobs and careers, where profits are increasingly attractive. With an excess of 4.3 million Australian participants, online dating services are showing an inextricable connection between information flow and profit, as they excel as new networking villages.
“Explosion of the Online Dating Industry”
“Top Grossing Dating Apps on Iphone” (Melanson, T 2014)
What online dating services do is give the end nodes (ourselves) the ability to make decisions, sifting through human beings and deciding whether or not we could see the rest of our lives with them. It also gives individuals the chance to broadcast themselves to the entire network, with online profiles being made available to other members of the ‘dating village’.
“eHarmony Profile” (The Heartographer, 2013)
What can happen when things go wrong?