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Dating apps are on the rise

Dating apps are on the rise
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Dating is always a risky proposition. You might get your heart broken - or you might get your bank account raided!

But people are still trying to find that perfect one, and because of that, dating apps are exploding in popularity.

Christian Mingle is one that's gaining more popularity with the faithful. Coffee Meets Bagel gets people together for a quick bite to eat and maybe a connection.

One app that's getting a lot of notice now is Tinder. At the Sochi Olympics, that was the way for athletes to meet other athletes - and raw desire took it from there.

Old-fashioned dating websites are still drawing crowds. See which ones I think are the best.

But dating apps and sites are still only a small fish in the big dating sea.

Despite the growing acceptance, the online and app-based dating market is small. Research firm IBIS World estimates that the dating services industry will hit $2.2 billion in revenue this year. Internet conglomerate IAC/InteractiveCorp has the biggest chunk of the market with a 27 percent share. The New York company owns traditional dating sites such as OKCupid, Match.com and Chemistry.com, as well as Tinder. IAC has a market value of just $5.2 billion, less than a third of Twitter's.

How about you? Have you ever used a website or app to arrange a date? I'd like to hear all about it in the comments below!

 

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