Online dating services also differ widely in their revenue streams.Some sites are completely free and depend on advertising for revenue.Similar apps include the Singapore-based Paktor; Bumble, in which only women can start the conversation; Hinge, which is based on mutual friends; and Happn, which connects those who pass by each other in person.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.
Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile.
Lovestruck’s users in the city are generally searching for “long-term, committed relationships”, and pay more attention to objective traits such as educational background and income level, Ye said.
But getting more matches online does not always equate to a spark.
For those desperate to escape singledom, as long as there are profiles to swipe on, there is always a glimmer of hope.