Globalization and online dating
In March, Anastasia Date was the 29th most popular online dating service period, in a category of 1,400 sites.
And the company believes there’s room for expansion.
“My family is very conservative, and I wanted to break out of the shell and do something different,” Arshad told me. For Arshad, and many young Indian women, her family prefers that she settle down and get married, but Arshad moved to Delhi to pursue a free, independent lifestyle.
She refuses to let her parents dictate her future or her life partner.
In the two years since its launch in 2014, Truly Madly has raised million in funding and amassed close to two million users.
And the problem isn't really just a problem with online dating—it's a problem that extrudes from online markets in general: They lack sufficient friction, and paradoxically this is not a good thing.
The online dating service Seeking Millionaire claims to be "the largest dating website for rich and wealthy individuals, or beautiful girls and attractive guys," and that their service is "designed to meet the needs of wealthy men and women seeking relationships with young and attractive girls and guys, and vice versa." I swear, I did not make up this advert to the left featuring a self-described hottie extolling this service while wrapped in a bathing towel as her presumably wealthy mate holds a glass of champagne in a bubbly hot tub [! Attractive members may initiate contact with other Wealthy members.
Wealthy members may initiate contact with all Attractive and Wealthy members" [their emphasis]. I try to be open-minded and non-judgmental--cast the first stone, etc.
Heck, I might put up my profile and end up being featured in one of these silly adverts as well: SCENE: (I am seated on a leather sofa with an 85-year old grandmother, my "lover," whose right hand I am holding and who I am looking at with heartfelt longing.)"I used to be a Ph D student when I figured that I was way too sexy to be a mere schoolteacher.
Through Seeking Millionaire, I was able to find the charming, goddess-like blue-haired woman of my wildest dreams who was also filthy, stinking rich because her arms dealer husband kicked the bucket.