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“Once the first minute you meet face-to-face passes, it’s like ‘I can breath again.'” The two met on Christian Mingle, an online dating website for Christians.The site has gained 5 million new users in the last two years.
With the tensions and conflicts that can exist in a relationship, Spencer said the foundation of faith becomes an important unifying force.
Sociologist Gerald Mendelsohn says the practice of choosing a romantic partner with a shared religion, culture, ethnicity and or nationality, is driving the demand for niche religious dating sites like Christian Mingle, JDate, which caters to Jewish singles, and Muslima, for Muslims.
And as these sites become more popular, the dating industry rakes in higher revenues.
According to a recent market research report, the dating service industry is expected to reach $2 billion this year, growing at 2.9 percent in revenue every year since 2008.
Mendelsohn says research shows that marriage among partners of the same religion is on the decline.