The dating industry is worth around billion, with revenue split between advertising and subscription services, up revenue up around 5% per year, according to a report by research firm IBISWorld. However, Chelsea Reynolds an assistant professor of communications at California State University, Fullerton who researches dating behavior, said some of the effects of online dating are less desirable.
Being able to search by specific demographics and traits makes it easier to fall into what she calls the “Mc Donaldization” of dating, narrowing down potential partners and eliminating people different from us.
As for South Asia and the Middle East, many people ignorantly lump together Indians, Arabs, Sri Lankans, and sometimes even Indonesians as one race of brown-skinned Muslims, even though most Indians are Hindu (though Islam is the largest religious minority), Buddhism and Sikhism are also popular in the region, and many Arabs are Christian even if they pray in Arabic to Allah, since that's just the Arabic word for God.
Religion aside, these are all distinct cultures with little in common.
This is not unique to Asia, however, as most people will do the same to African and European countries as well.
People who are generally unfamiliar with the intricacies of Asian cultures will often confuse the country of origin of various phenomena, such as being a shortcut term for any Asian martial art, when karate is specifically Okinawan/Japanese in origin.
Part of the problem is that many Americans, as in the case of African-Americans and Latinos (and, to a lesser extent, whites), insist on treating "Asian" as one big ethnicity.
And many of them pay a hefty sum for that chance to meet their perfect match.
And some sites, like Plentyof and Ok Cupid, offer basic membership for free.
But most subscription sites automatically renew until the customer cancels, and those fees can add up.
“Young people today are more prone to serial dating and tend to get married later, if they marry at all,” she said.
Non-Asians mistaking that all Asian peoples are of one particular ethnicity.