Dating Services are generally characterized by their search functionality which enables its users to establish interpersonal relationships via the internet. This includes the focused search for life partners, flirts, or sexual partners. Both dating portals and apps are incorporated into the examination.
The dating services market includes online dating platforms, matchmaking services, and casual dating sites. The Matchmaking market contains dating services for the systematic search for partners who are willing to enter into a long-term committed relationship by means of mathematical algorithms. The market of Online Dating is made up of online services that offer a platform on which its members can flirt, chat or fall in love. Two examples are Tinder and Bumble, these platforms focus on casual contact and easy flirting among their members. Casual Dating comprises online services for the establishment of sexually oriented contacts outside of romantic relationships.
Data includes revenue figures in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV), Users, average revenue per user (ARPU), and user penetration rate. User and revenue figures represent B2C services.
Matchmaking for the search for life partners such as Matrimony.com
Online Dating for easy flirting and chatting such as Tinder and Bumble
Casual Dating for the search for non-committal sex such as Ashley Madison
Niche dating, such as portals or apps for vegetarians
Things have become quiet in recent years in once so turbulent Dating Services market with its numerous start-ups. After some major mergers the market is now dominated by a few players (e.g. Match Group), and platforms now cater to various user groups within one service provider. Users can search for a relationship (Matchmaking), a flirt (Online Dating) or a sex partner (Casual Dating). Most consumers use leading Online Dating services like Tinder or Bumble. The share of consumers that are ready to pay for additional features has been increasing in the last years, what led to strong revenue growth rates for some key players. Facebook is becoming an threat to the market, as it is about to roll out its dating feature worldwide.
The data encompasses B2C enterprises. Figures are based on Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) and represent what consumers pay for these products and services. The user metrics show the number of customers who have made at least one online purchase within the past 12 months.
Modeling approach / Market size:
Market sizes are determined through a bottom-up approach, building on predefined factors for each market segment. As a basis for evaluating markets, we use annual financial reports of the market-leading companies, third-party studies and reports, as well as survey results from our primary research (e.g., the Statista Global Consumer Survey). In addition, we use relevant key market indicators and data from country-specific associations, such as GDP, GDP per capita, and internet connection speed. This data helps us estimate the market size for each country individually.
In our forecasts, we apply diverse forecasting techniques. The selection of forecasting techniques is based on the behavior of the relevant market. For example, the S-curve function and exponential trend smoothing. The main drivers are internet users, urban population, usage of key players, and attitudes toward online services.
The market is updated twice a year in case market dynamics change. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war are considered at a country-specific level. GCS data is reweighted for representativeness.