BUENOS AIRES – Some 5 million Argentines look for a girlfriend or boyfriend through online dating services, with about 50,000 local users a day, the press reported over the weekend.
Argentina has 22 percent more singles than people who are married or in a relationship, and, after Brazil, is the Latin American country with the greatest acceptance of dating over the Internet, according to Web sites consulted by the Buenos Aires daily Perfil.
“People begin working younger and younger and finding love later,” Claudio Gandelman, general manager for Latin America of Match.com, said, adding that the Internet is “the ideal choice” for people “over 25 who have demanding jobs and little time but want to meet new people.”
“The advantage of this system is based on the connection generated by learning previously about the other’s tastes and interests, so that getting together takes place on a different level,” he said.
Among its 60 million Latin American subscribers, Match.com has 4 million Argentines, while the other million “cyber-lovebirds” in Argentina subscribe to similar Web sites, the newspaper said.
Clients of these dating sites are between 30 and 65 years old, with some 60 percent men and 40 percent women and a “wide range of users” in terms of educational levels and preferences, Sebastian Gorin, manager of ZonaCitas.com, said.
“There is a wide variety of personalities and that is what makes the site a success – it offers such a wide range of possibilities. These are people looking for the ideal partner to go out and have fun, for casual meetings or just to be friends,” he said.
Homes with access to broadband Internet in Argentina numbered 4.1 million last March, a year-on-year increase of 23.9 percent, according to official figures. EFE