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September 26, 2005

Niche Dating Site of the Week: SilverSingles.com

by @ 4:47 am. Filed under Niche Dating, Site of the Week

So you are over 55 and are thinking of joining the online dating scene. You won’t be alone. This is one of the fastest growing segments of users of online dating services. One of the bigger sites focusing on this niche is SilverSingles.

They say:

SilverSingles.com is made up of a high-quality group of people from all walks of life who are living life to its fullest and looking for others to share their experiences with. Dates, friends, and even pen pals… take your pick.

You can create free that allows you to upload photos and search for potential partners. To contact people you will need to upgrade to a premium membership. They have one, three, six and 12-month plans. The site has a good help section for answering any questions you have about using the service.

SilverSingles wants to introduce those that are young at heart and are looking for romance or friendships. If you fall into this category you could find just who you are looking for, they might just be looking for you.

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September 24, 2005

Some Fine Articles About Dating Online

by @ 9:10 pm. Filed under In the News, Week In Review

The eWooing Week In Review, these are articles about dating online and related stories that I found interesting this past week. Many articles were read but only a few were worth the time. Here they are. Enjoy!

Guide leads black women through web of online dating

An article, interview with the author of The New Love Connection for African American Singles. She wrote the book because she didn’t see any dating online guides that was geared for African Americans. The article had a few tips and themes that ran through it that can apply to anyone looking for love online.

Man Sues Online Dating Service After Being Rejected

I am not sure what exactly happened here according to this article but the idea of suing a dating online service and the person that you met through them is just weird.

Youngsters aren’t the only ones trying online dating

When those over 55 and older are jumping in, in greater and greater numbers then you know that dating online has hit the mainstream totally and completely. Just about anyone can find someone online these days.

Playing the non-nuclear option

I was a little confused by the point of the article. Not sure exactly what is was but some of the questions asked and the statistics quoted from the 2000 census were interesting.

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September 22, 2005

National Singles Week is Almost Over

by @ 5:55 pm. Filed under In the News, Miscellaneous

Did you know that it had even begun? That is right National Singles Week or as it is now known National Unmarried and Single Americans Week is almost over. Are you one of the 89 million singles in the U.S.? I still am. Have you received a greeting card from a concerned friend to commemorate this week? Neither Have I.

So what is this week all about? Well how about some history of this week from UnmarriedAmerica.org the organization behind the promotion of this week. They say on their site that it started out:

A commemorative week known as “National Singles Week” was started by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio about 20 years ago. When that organization folded, the promotion of National Singles Week was taken over by Janet Jacobsen, coordinator of the National Singles Press Association.

What is with the name change? Well according to their site:

Many of the millions of unmarried Americans do not identify with the word “single” because they are parents, have partners, or are recently widowed. And yet many other unmarried Americans proudly describe themselves as “single.”

In order to accommodate the interest and identities of as many unmarried people as possible, since 2002 we have been commemorating the third week of September as Unmarried and Single Americans Week. Other individuals and groups continue call it National Singles Week.

Whatever you call it, it is supposed to acknowledge the contributions to society of single people. I have to admit that this is the first year I had ever even heard of National Singles Week, let alone this organization. They used to be an advocacy organization for singles and the unmarried. Unmarried America is now an information service, which states that singles:

… deserve equal rights and fairness as workers, consumers, and taxpayers. We also want politicians and political parties to pay more attention to us as voters.

While politicians should pay some attention to the concerns of singles, as an information service their site is light on details of exactly which rights and fairness’s need to be equaled. They do provide some interesting census stats on their site:

89 million
Number of unmarried adults in the United States as of March 2004. 53 million had never been married. 22 million were currently divorced. 14 million were widowed.

13.3 million
The number of people, ages 25 to 34 in 2000, who had never been married; this number represents 35 percent of all people in this age group. The total of never-been-marrieds among the 35-to-44 age bracket was 6.9 million or 15 percent.

12 million
The number of single parents in 2000. The number of single mothers increased between 1970 and 2000, from 3 million to 10 million; over the same time frame, the number of single fathers increased also, from 393,000 to 2 million. (Single mothers and fathers include all those who are not currently living with a spouse.)

35%
The percent of voters in the 2000 presidential election who were unmarried. Nearly 37 million voters were divorced, widowed, or never married. Married individuals (67 percent) are more likely to vote than widowed (59 percent), divorced (54 percent), separated (46 percent), and never married individuals (44 percent). Separated and never-married individuals are generally younger, which also influences their voting patterns.

About 40 million single Americans are using online dating services. Looks like a lot of these single and unmarried Americans don’t want to stay that way. If you are one of them and have not yet ventured into online dating yet, why don’t you click on over to Match.com or Yahoo! Personals which right now are offering a 3-day and a 7-day free trial respectively. Or, try eHarmony or PerfectMatch and get a free personality profile. I am presently using eHarmony and have not done more than poke around the others but if you are thinking of going this route, these are the big four online dating services.

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September 19, 2005

Niche Dating Site of the Week: BBWHarmony.com

by @ 4:16 am. Filed under Niche Dating, Site of the Week

This site is geared for the large and lovely that are looking for love. BBWHarmony is a dating site for BBW and BHM or those looking for them. That is Big Beautiful Women and Big Handsome Men. They say:

… your compatible singles community. We offer a site that excels for a number of reasons. We’ve developed an extensive list of questions… over 100 questions on topics ranging from leisure activities to politics to the personal domain. You can answer as many or as few of the questions as you like, and include a photograph only if you choose. Everything is confidential and done in good taste, with style. The choice is yours.

It is not a personality-matching dating site like eHarmony. They are about 300 or so questions short on that end. If one does take the time to answer all these questions, you can get a pretty good understanding of what each person likes and doesn’t like.

You can post a profile for free. This includes searching profiles, sending flirts and the ability to receive and reply to messages. If you want to send messages or see those who have viewed your profile you need to signup to be a platinum member. They have one, three, six and twelve month plans.

So, if you are Big and Beautiful or looking for someone who is? Check out BBWHarmony, the BBW singles community.

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