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Online dating services such as the and are looping singles' friends into the matchmaking process in an effort to connect people to each other's acquaintances and keep suitors from weaving the kind of elaborate fictions that characterize many profiles on traditional dating sites.
"Facebook has created a shift from online dating to social dating," said online dating expert Julie Spira.
The company blocks anyone who lists their relationship status as "married" from registering for the app, and assumes that the awkwardness of a wife having to explain to her husband why she's changed her status to "single" will keep unfaithful couples off the service.
seeks to emulate the experience of being set up by friends, but gives singles more control over the process: Rather than waiting for an acquaintance to make an introduction, users can actively search for potential love interests among their wider circle of friends.The creators of these sites say this shift will help keep users honest and accountable for their actions, which in turn should help people find better matches, lessen the stigma attached to many matchmaker sites, and make online dating feel more like offline dating."You can't put up a fake picture and misrepresent yourself on Facebook when you have 600 friends," said founder Justin Krause.No one need ever know the couple met through an online dating app."Most dates are set up through friends, but most dating sites have nothing to do with friends."This is a better system because it cuts through the crap. You can tell whether someone is legit." Traditional online matchmakers have served up a courtship process that looks a lot like online shopping: Users browse photos hoping to find something (or someone) they like, then choose a product (or person) to engage with offline.