Online dating in the Dominican Republic has experienced rapid growth, gaining quick acceptance in very much the same way online dating in Colombia has exploded.
Just like in many Latin American countries, the majority of Dominicans still meet their romantic partners via the tride and true methods, including mutual friends, organizations, work, school, or church, etc; however, this scene is rapidly changing, and online dating is becoming increasingly more mainstream.
While it dominated the early days of cyber connecting, for example, My Space was surpassed by Facebook in 2008 as the primary source of online interactions.
Jeffrey Hall, associate professor of Communication Studies at University of Kansas, was surprised to learn that 7% of people who married after meeting online had met for the first time on social networking sites like Facebook, My Space and Class Mates – not matchmaking chat rooms, or online dating sites or via other romance-centric cyber connections.
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For these groups, he says, such sites may have been a way to expand their already close-knit network of friends to include others like them, but not yet part of their local connections.
Of course, the data may also reflect more early social networking behavior than the way that people use the sites today.
All-around, though this is a small site, with a targeted niche, it does its job well.