By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- While many businesses are trying to find ways to stay afloat in these tough economic times, Internet dating sites have been sailing.
Since November, some of the most popular dating sites have reported some of their biggest increases in memberships and at a time when they've been raising their prices.
Relational experts, like Dr. Jim A Talley in Oklahoma, said the fact that online dating sites have seen their numbers rise is not the least bit surprising.
Dr. Talley said the memberships to online dating Web sites are going up for two reasons: It's much cheaper to date online, and in tough economic times it's common for people to want to seek out others.
"Lots and lots of people are lonely. Loneliness drives a lot of our business, lot of our affairs in things. It drives our whole economy in a lot of ways, its why people are driving into marriage is because of loneliness," Dr. Talley said.
In November, when the stock market tanked, Match.com said their new memberships were the best they've seen in seven years.
Evelyn Plog is one of the lucky ones, she's found true love not once, but twice. After her first husband passed away, she found her second chance at love with now husband Johnny. Plog found Johnny three years ago through an online dating site.
"You always hear people say you'll only have one love or something. Well, I'm fortunate, I've had two fabulous men in my life," Plog said.
Dr. Talley said if you're going onto online dating sites looking for a partner, be careful. He said relationships only tend to work when both people are stable.
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