“We’re seeing a strong segmentation of sites that target specific populations: people of a certain age, location, social groups, or religion,” said Bergstrom. Online dating comes in fifth place after nights out with friends or nights in at friends homes.
“The democratization of dating websites is becoming a ‘segregated democratization’.” Some websites, like Attractive World, require the current members to vote on new members, ensuring a certain exclusivity and uniformity of users. “Among people who met their current partner between 20, less than 9% met each other on this type of site,” said Bergstrom.
“These days dating in France is much more complicated than in other countries because there’s a lot of pride and fear that make it so the French don’t meet people easily,” Mariotti told the Local.
“It’s not an easy thing to approach a Parisian in the street, in a café, or in line at the cinema, because the French are always afraid to start a conversation.
Perhaps that’s why it’s a bit of a running joke in France to have a Tinder profile saying something like: “We’ll tell people we met at a museum.” More diversity but also more exclusivity As dating websites become more and more popular in France, they’re evolving, becoming more socially diverse but also more targeted.