How the internet changed the dating game

Online dating changed the game of love forever because it is now the second most common way that relationships start. We'll speak with two Canadian business leaders who led the charge and made millions.



Today's guest host this week is Jim Brown.

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It's Tuesday, February 14th - Valentine's Day.

A new poll suggests Americans will spend an average of $126 on their sweetheart today.

Currently, insecure suitors will spend $127.

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How the internet changed the dating game

We started this segment with Andy Hunt, talking about how he met the woman who would become his wife -- Lisa. The year was 1996. Lots of people were searching the internet in those days, but not many were searching for love. Sixteen years later, Andy and Lisa are still an item. They live in Wellington, Somerset, in the UK. His home country.

Andy and Lisa Hunt met in a chatroom on line in 1996. It would take a few more years, but eventually online dating took off - and became a multi-billion dollar industry. Bruce Croxon was there from the beginning. He was one of the co-founders of Lavalife, which started 25 years ago in Toronto and made its name with telephone personals before turning its sights on internet dating. He's since left Lavalife, and his latest job is as the newest Dragon on CBC Television's Dragons' Den. Bruce Croxon was in Toronto. And Markus Frind is the CEO of PlentyofFish.com. He created the site in 2003 on his home computer and today it's the most popular dating site in the country and it's free. Markus Frind was in Vancouver.

This half hour was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson, Shannon Higgins and Kathleen Goldhar.

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