“Once the first minute you meet face-to-face passes, it’s like ‘I can breath again.'” The two met on Christian Mingle, an online dating website for Christians.The site has gained 5 million new users in the last two years.Christian Mingle boasts a 9 million membership base.The religious online dating community is further subdivided into sites such as Catholic Match for Catholics, Jwed for orthodox Jews and LDSMingle for Mormons.While the popularity of niche religious websites is on the rise, in a study of a generic dating website, Mendelsohn found that the younger the member, the less likely he or she will have a religious preference.“It’s ironic that I chose to join a religious-based website even though I’m not religious,” Wolf said, “And people who join those sites may not be religious.
The site has 750,000 members worldwide and claims to be responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other websites combined.
And as these sites become more popular, the dating industry rakes in higher revenues.
According to a recent market research report, the dating service industry is expected to reach billion this year, growing at 2.9 percent in revenue every year since 2008.
But the decision to date within one’s religion should not come from external pressure.
Rather, it should be the result of experience and introspection.
Working with JDate members, Schechtman said that a mother’s opinion is going to carry a certain amount of weight.