Dating site for college students

07 Oct

Online dating once was something people had to keep secret, and was treated as the domain of people who couldn't get a "real" date.

But online dating has gone mainstream, and a 2010 survey found that about 17 percent of people who had married in the previous three years met their spouses online.

This month, the site launched at 140 more schools nationwide, giving more college students the opportunity to meet their future husbands or wives.

Alexa and Meyer, both recent graduates of the Business School, came up with the idea after a girlfriend complained that there was not enough testosterone in the School of Social Work.

College students from all walks of life try online dating, and Pew reports that 36 percent of all single people have tried online dating.

Online dating can make it easier to meet people, particularly for shy or socially awkward people, so people who are uncomfortable with the bar scene or who don't have a large group of friends might be more likely to date online.

The campus dating scene is simultaneously amusing as it is confusing.

In between all of the demanding classes and other commitments we have to worry about as busy collegiettes, our dating lives shouldn’t have to be complicated.

"We're also at similar places in our lives, being students, which makes it easier to relate." Columbia University students Balazs Alexa and Jean Meyer started the dating website on campus in November.

The website’s opening phrase isn’t particularly unique. Various completions of the phrase flashes across the screen in neon pink: words like “study buddy,” “adventure,” “girl friend,” “friend,” “free dinner,” “wife,” “husband,” and of course “eternal love.” Sounds like your typical or E-Harmony slogan, right? The site was founded by Columbia University students Balazs Alexa and Jean Meyer last November.

The first prerequisite of a Date My membership is an active university email address, and that’s not something everybody has.

"The Harvard Crimson" reported that college students are increasingly using online dating, particularly when they wish to avoid the bar scene and get into a committed relationship.

There's no specific profile of the sort of person who dates online.