By 2009, that number had grown to around 20 per cent for heterosexual couples, and 60 per cent for same-sex matches.An estimated 30 to 40 million North Americans now use online dating sites.Speed dating, on the other hand, has been somewhat relegated to the punch line of a movie like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” or the dustbin of the early 2000s. It still exists, and if Anna Maria Basquez, founder of Denver Catholic Speed Dating & Faith Match, is right, it could be just what a jaded Catholic dater is looking for.Basquez, a Colorado native, decided on a new course for herself one cold February night in 2011 when she was supposed to be planning what she called “another boring Valentine’s Day event” for singles at her Last Supper Club. Bridget for a second time, and she believes that was part of her inspiration. Bridget was married, and there aren’t many married women saints.At a press launch, Facebook reps showed off the new product, explaining that it could be used to search for restaurants, or for job recruiting.At one point, a Facebook employee stood to demonstrate a search for “friends of my friends who are single and living in San Francisco.” And that’s when Facebook entered the online dating game, doing away with what was, until now, a fragile divide between quotidian online activity and the act of browsing for potential mates.
Last week, Facebook unveiled “Graph Search,” a new search engine that will allow users to comb through data from their existing online networks.
This slide graphically presents some important first-century dates and events, including the writing of and relationships among the Gospels.
Most researchers place the date of Jesus’ death at Passover time around the year 30.
On the day of the announcement, the stock price of Inter Active Corp—the parent site of online dating behemoths —dropped by more than two per cent. Over the past two decades, the Internet has become a fixture of the modern-day romance plot.
In the early ’90s, just one per cent of new relationships began online.