Meeting, Mating, and Cheating: Sex, Love, and the New World of Online Dating (Financial Times (Prentice Hall))

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9780131418080: Meeting, Mating, and Cheating: Sex, Love, and the New World of Online Dating (Financial Times (Prentice Hall))
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Time Magazine, Feb 2, 2004

"Meeting, Mating and Cheating gives an insightful portrait of cyberdating."

Meeting, Mating, and Cheating:

Sex, Love, and the New World of Online Dating

Andrea Orr

Reuters

"This book is a thoroughly engaging examination of our struggle for sex and romance in the age of technology and computer dating. Andrea Orr explores and reveals the realities of the way we live and love in today's world."

--Jane Juska, author of A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance

Virtually overnight, online dating has gone from a fringe phenomenon to a popular and mainstream way to meet, worldwide. This extraordinary social and business revolution is touching millions of lives -- but until now, it's gone largely unreported. Now, Andrea Orr uncovers the real Internet dating revolution, in all its many forms.

This book reveals Internet dating at its most intimate, following people who are struggling to find soul mates in a sea of singles. It takes you behind the scenes of the world's largest subscription dating service, illuminating the business of Internet dating. It exposes the hidden underside of Internet dating: the lying and "general weirdness" that are still just a click away, and the massive use of the Web to facilitate cheating. It tours the world, showing how Internet dating is connecting people from Belfast to Beijing.

Finally, it previews the future of online dating -- the wireless dating services and next-generation technologies that may transform human meeting and mating yet again.

  • How the Web transformed dating

A fringe phenomenon becomes mainstream

  • Internet dating goes global

The great online mating tour: from Iran to Hong Kong, L.A. to Salt Lake City

  • I'm dysfunctional, you're dysfunctional

Weirdness online

  • Underground at the "Love Bunker"

Life at Match.com, the world's #1 Internet dating service

  • Infidelity, Inc.

The new business of cheating

  • Beyond the laptop: The next dating revolutions

Wireless dating, high-tech psychological profiling and beyond

The new romance revolution: inside the worldwide phenomenon of online dating.

"Meeting, Mating, and Cheating carefully chronicles the fascinating history of online dating services and exposes the ethics, economics, and efficacy of matchmaking for every conceivable taste. Andrea Orr personalizes the quest for a partner with compelling individual narratives."

--Shirley P. Glass, Ph.D., ABPP, author of NOT "Just Friends": Protect Your Relationship from Infidelity, and Heal the Trauma of Betrayal

"Meeting, Mating, and Cheating provides insight into a facet of the Internet phenomenon that is both fascinating and alarming. Orr's discussion of the Internet dating industry, and wide-ranging examples of people who are using new technologies in the most intimate area of their lives, reveals important aspects of technology-mediated relationships. In-depth exploration of this phenomenon in other cultures, especially among Muslims, adds an important global dimension to the book. This book is a 'must read' for anyone interested in Internet technology. It is also a must read for anyone considering using Internet dating services."

--Dr. Cynthia J. Smith; Dr. Smith teaches anthropology and business at The Ohio State University

Meeting, Mating, and Cheating is the complete chronicle of the online dating revolution that's transforming mating worldwide. Reuters journalist Andrea Orr tells the unique story of how online dating evolved from a hideout for fetishists to a mainstream way to meet -- and a multi-million-dollar global industry.

You'll watch online dating morph to serve the needs of Mormons and Muslims, elderly widows and Asian wireless users. You'll meet the unlikely entrepreneurs who've built hugely successful dating companies... the happily married couples who met online... devoutly religious Iranian women searching for like-minded husbands... and the "restless marrieds" who say cheating was never this easy.

About Reuters

Reuters (www.reuters.com), the global information company, provides indispensable information tailored for professionals in the financial services, media and corporate markets. Reuters information is trusted and drives decision making across the globe, based on the company's reputation for speed, accuracy and independence. Reuters has 16,000 employees in 94 countries, including some 2,400 editorial staff in 197 bureaus serving about 130 countries, making it the world's largest international multimedia news agency.

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About the Author:

Andrea Orr has written about a variety of business and lifestyle topics for 12 years as a correspondent for Reuters in New York, Los Angeles, and most recently Silicon Valley, where she first started investigating the online dating phenomenon. Her work has appeared in major newspapers around the world including The New York Times and The Washington Post. She lives in San Francisco.

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