Social matching services; few Japanese users, even fewer success stories

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Do you know about Social Matching Services? graph of japanese statisticsI’d not heard of the term used in this survey by goo Research and reported on by japan.internet.com, namely social matching services, but once I read the survey I had a vague recall of having heard about it somewhere long ago.

Demographics

Between the 15th and 18th of October 2013 1,078 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.0% of the sample were male, 13.8% in their teens, 15.4% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 17.2% in their forties, 14.8% in their fifties, and 17.5% aged sixty or older.

Looking at the sites in Q1SQ1, they seem to be a mix of work-related networking, expanding one’s circle of friends through shared hobbies and interests, and just plain old dating. I could be interested in the second option myself, and perhaps the first, but I don’t really have the free time or more particularly energy to do that.
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