So before you set about making this the year you find love online, let's discuss a few trends that you may want to steer clear of on your journey.
The Tinder Explosion Effect If there is one trend that much of the online dating scene has felt the impact of, it is the explosion of Tinder.
For those of you who are not familiar, Tinder is online dating stripped down to its most superficial qualities, in addition to requiring the least amount of effort if one wishes to pursue a date.
This may be more time-consuming initially, but will pay off in dividends down the road.
The Mobile Effect For many years, sitting in front of a computer and writing out emails was the foundation of getting to know someone online. These days millions of online daters are using smart phones to communicate, which has resulted in less in-depth emailing, and more exchanges that are the equivalent of texting through an AP. Starting a courtship with one sentence exchanges may be easier, but it leads to more superficial conversations, leaves less of a lasting impact, and often makes it more difficult for two people to generate any true momentum.
Memberships continued to grow at a staggering pace, vast amounts of new sites emerged, existing ones made significant improvements for their user-base, and relationships were formed in record numbers.
It's a safe bet to say that online dating will not be going anywhere anytime soon.
But not everything was sunshine and rainbows in 2014.