Chinese Singles Start Blind Dating at a Younger Age

CHINA DAILY – May 21 – As the single population in China reached 240M, Chinese start going on blind dates at a younger age than before, according to a recent survey. 40% of the post-1995 generation already has experienced blind dates and 38% of Chinese singles are younger than 23 years old when they have their first blind date, according to survey by zhenai.com, an online dating platform.

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How an AI Can Be an Online Dating Coach and Help People Find Love

FOX5NY – May 21 – The online dating sector is turning to artificial intelligence. Match.com in the UK launched Lara, an AI dating coach available on Google Home smart speakers and some Android devices. Users ask Lara for a match and can then ask for suggestions on what to say to or do with the person they’re matched with. Dating app companies are trying to figure out how to satisfy their users, which is why they are trying AI. AIMM, a voice-activated dating app, launched last year and is being tested in Denver with about a thousand users. AIMM sets up dates, preps users before the first date, gives them advice, and checks in with both people to see how it went. And it even recommends whether they should continue to date or move on to someone else. Experts believe this is the future.

by Jessica Formoso
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Females ‚Ship‘ MatchGroup’s New Dating App

WALL STREET JOURNAL – May 21 – Match Group has teamed up with millennial digital brand Betches to create Ship, which was launched in January. Ship allows friends to vet potential mates for one another. On its first-quarter conference call in early May, Match said Ship is seeing strong engagement in big cities. The company said ~70% of registrations thus far are female and ~60% of matches are made by friends.

by Laura Forman
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Global App Report – Video & Streaming and Online Dating Saw Huge Increase in Traffic

ADJUST.COM – May 21 – According to the latest annual „Adjust Global App Trends“ report, video & streaming is the 4th fastest growing sector (the traffic was up 12.3% in 2008), followed by the online dating sector (traffic was up 11%). The Adjust Global App Trends Report examines data (from Jan 1, 2018, to Dec 31, 2018) across the top 1K performing apps. Download the report here.

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Taiwan Legalises Same-sex Marriage

BBC – May 21 – Taiwan’s parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage. In 2017, the island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May. Lawmakers debated three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the government’s bill, the most progressive of the three, was passed. It will take effect after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen passes it into law.

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