So You Think You Know All About Online Dating?

Today Online Dating is more popular than ever. But do you really know all the different variations out there? Here’s a fun A- Z guide that reflects modern trends in 2013. There are the many different forms of ‘Dating’ on the web. How many do you recognise?

A – App – Usually mobile-based on Android or i-phone. App stands for application and this form uses G.P.S technology to facilitate match-making between singles.

B – B.B.W – Stands for Big Beautiful Woman and refers to men who wish to date them and the women who amply fulfill the desired category.

C – Christian – Wide-ranging dating niche covering all Christian religions.

D – Dominatrix – Extreme adult theme-based dating which involves erotic encounters between singles that are interested in B.D.S.M. (Bondage etc.,) Popular with some politicians.

E stands for E-Dating, another term that generally defines online dating. Yet, it could also include social networks or apps rather than orthodox online dating.

F – Friends-with-Benefits – refers to people who wish to date friends of the opposite sex with the occasional erotic encounter. Remember the movie?

G -Gay – Self- explanatory term for dating with Transgender/ transsexual niche included.

H – Herpes – Yes, it does exist and is very common. Crikey. Refers to people who have recovered and wish to date a partner who has gone through a similar experience.

I – In-Person – refers to real life face-to-face encounters between single people after an agreement has been made to meet after or during online dating communication.Yes, like the good old way! ( n.b safety considerations are a major issue so be careful. )

J – Jewish – Dating between singles of the Jewish faith. Shalom.

K – Kinky – An adult-based theme for single people who may have a sexual fetish or have sexual tastes beyond the norm. Get out those boots.

L – Location-based – using G.P.S technology (Global Positioning System) this dating allows singles to base their dating encounters on the location of their prospective partners and ‘hook-up’.

M – Mature – refers to a dating niche for singles over forty and is similar to Senior Dating.

N – N.S.A – stands for No-Strings-Attached – and is similar to Friends with Benefits. This type of dating refers to casual sexual encounters that may or may not lead to a continuing arrangement between consenting couples but not necessarily lead to friendships or a long term relationship.

O – Online Dating that uses modern technology to facilitate meetings between people who may or may not be single. App based or website based.

P – Plenty of Fish – dating site referred to as p.o.f.

Q – Quiz – A dating idea based online that mixes Speed Dating with a pub quiz style format. Put your mobiles away please.

R – Religious – A dating niche that attempts to bring singles together of a shared faith.

S – Speed – Like Quiz Dating this is event based but mainly arranged online these days. The idea has been around long before online dating took off in a big way.

T – Tinder – an ios dating app that allows individuals within a 50 mile radius to meet up via Facebook networks.

U – Uniform – a very popular niche driven form of dating where professional people who wear uniforms for a living – like firemen or sexy traffic wardens – who then arrange to meet each other for a hot date.

V – Virtual – combines online dating with online gaming. Involves the use of Avatars for people to interact in a virtual venue such as a virtual cafĂ©. Take the blue pill.

W – White Label Dating- Dating platform for many online dating sites. Its success depends on partnerships with mainly branded sites.

X – XXX Dating – Adult dating of a more extreme nature. Not for the fainthearted. Usually consists of pornographic imagery for online marketing.

Y – You Tube was originally an online dating idea did you know? Now, it broadcasts online dating videos and a mixture of general tips, adverts, advice from professional dating coaches and, of course, hilarious spoofs.

Z – Zoosk – refers to the online dating site.