In an August 2012 interview, Markus Frind stated that based on the millions of relationships and marriages Plenty Of Fish has created over the past several years, it is estimated that over one million babies have been born as a result of the website.On May 20, 2013, Frind implemented several changes to the website with the stated goal of focusing on "meaningful relationships." Among these changes were the removal of the "intimate encounters" option.
Because you’re not meeting actual people, but instead examining their profiles, you’re not going through the normal give-and-take that occurs when people meet and talk for the first time.
The decision-making processes we go through when we’re examining online profiles are also different than those we use in offline situations.
Finkel and his collaborators critique the three main areas in which online dating services claim to be superior to the offline, or old-fashioned, way of meeting people in person.
Those areas are: Let’s examine each of these areas in more detail.
A related feature that was eliminated was the option to contact clients of age differences greater than "Markus," presumably Frind, found tasteful.
Although the Plenty Of Fish site and its "matching" criteria continue to match couples with age differences greater than the 14 year guideline, attempts to contact the "matches" resulted in an inbox message from Markus stating, among other things, "[t]here is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact a 18 year old woman." On March 25, 2015, Plentyoffish Media Inc.
We are busier than ever at work, our jobs require that we either travel or move to new cities, and as a result, we don’t have the luxury to rely on finding a partner through connections with family or friends.
Online dating sites help fill the gap that our busy lives have created in our search for connection.
Because the idea of dating someone in their teens makes me uncomfortable, I’m gonna go ahead and round that up to an even 20, which seems…
still pretty young to me, honestly, but I guess 5 years isn’t that much.
While it is free to use, Plenty Of Fish offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as who has 'liked' a member through the service's Tinder-like Meet Me feature, and allowing users to see whether a message has been read and/or deleted.