Deaf Match is the older of the two sites, but not by much; it launched in 2001.
Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables strangers to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships.
But there’s something a little more important about these new services that are attracting thousands of single deaf people seeking companionship and love, experts say.
Web site developer Christiaan Marais wasn’t considering a new career when he started “He was trying to get back into the dating scene,” Marais said.
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile. But with the advent of technology, neighborhoods have given way to online communities. If you back up just a few short years, it was commonplace to meet someone from your neighborhood and end up in a relationship with them eventually getting married. Reis (University of Rochester), and Susan Sprecher (Illinois State University) take a comprehensive look at the access, communication, and matching services provided by online dating sites.Although many dating sites tout the superiority of partner matching through the use of “scientific algorithms,” the authors find that there is little evidence that these algorithms can predict whether people are good matches or will have chemistry with one another.
“We were talking about online dating, and I said, ‘You should try one of these sites.’ ” His father was reluctant, Marais said, because it’s hard to find other deaf users on the larger dating sites.