According to , the number who have participated in online dating in the United States is now nearly 40 million. “One hundred sixty million people have internet access and 80 million people are single, and it only stands to reason that people don’t want to have to introduce themselves to strangers at strange places to meet someone” says Evan Katz, an expert on online dating and the author of Catholic Thrive, an offshoot of Catholic Singles.com, hosts conferences for singles to meet in person, alongside workshops and presentations on Catholic teachings concerning not just dating but also other relationship issues.It launched with its first conference in Anaheim, CA, and is hitting New York City this Labor Day weekend., to a country guy or girl just looking to lasso a pardner’s heart,
Catholic Thrive, an offshoot of Catholic Singles.com, hosts conferences for singles to meet in person, alongside workshops and presentations on Catholic teachings concerning not just dating but also other relationship issues.
Participants in their Singles Serving Orphans mission trips to places like Nicaragua receive discounted conference rates.
“I would say that the only thing unique is that the Catholics that come to our site put a higher priority on their faith — they’re specifically looking for other Catholics.” Actually, Catholics have plenty of options, though some sites are a little more about the dating and a lot less about the Catholic.
Web surfers would be hard pressed to find anything Catholic at besides their name, and seems more concerned about a potential partner’s pedigree and income potential than their faith.
They agreed on everything from natural family planning to the greatness of and felt an intense connection that grew stronger with every email and long distance phone call.
Their first meeting occurred about a month after they had started talking, when Jeff paid for Nicole to visit him in Indiana — where he was working in student affairs at the University of Southern Indiana. They married on August 16, 2003, and about a year later they celebrated the birth of their first child. More and more people are going online to find a date or meet the love of their life.
But for the site’s members, the issue of faith is essential — it goes beyond a person’s occupation or hair color and reflects one’s deepest values.
As the oldest of the three, Catholic Singles boasts “more Catholic singles than anyone.” In 2008, it added a Spanish language version of the site.
Other sites, like catholicmatchmaker.net, are just fronts for much larger matchmaking engines.
In fact, a prospective dater at Catholic Matchmaker, in just two quick links, can “meet lonely housewives” or place naked ads on sites that would make porn star Jenna Jameson blush.
There are even people like Roger, who met someone on the site and writes that “thanks to Catholic Singles.com, we feel well on the way to a partnership that can stand the test of time, blessed by Our Loving God and based on that same love that was shown to us through His Son.” “There really are different types of Catholics” says the site’s marketing director Tom Johnson.