Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.Users create a profile and then are able to peruse "life streams" of potential matches by viewing their Facebook profile and updates, their Twitter feed, the music they listen to on Last.FM and even what they're watching on Hulu and Netflix and their pictures on Flickr.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
But some argue users won't flock to the video chat because their all-important first impression could be marred by bad lighting or poor camera angles that create an unflattering image."Technically speaking, it was not possible as recently as two years ago. Now, we're at the very beginning, but it's about to come into its heyday.This next year will be a really interesting time for us."Bicanic and a handful of entrepreneurs are behind some of the start-ups emerging with a focus on live video for dating.Use these tips to help navigate the realm of online dating.The reward at the end could very well be meeting that someone special you've been looking for.