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Social Media Week: Online and Offline Dating Find Chemistry Together

If Sex and the City taught us anything, it’s that New York City is romantically challenging for single women; they have better odds of finding a long-term companion in Silicon Valley than Silicon Alley. So it wasn’t surprising that Wednesday’s audience at Social Media Week New York’s event on digital dating was over three-quarters female.

The lively panel of online dating experts and relationship gurus showed no signs of post-Valentine’s Day advice burnout. Cosmopolitan executive editor Joyce Chang, serving as moderator, noted the vast scope of online dating: 40 million of America’s 54 million singles have tried it, and 20% of current couples met online. People spend more time being single these days, so online dating has evolved to meet their needs.

Now the practice has begun to merge with offline interaction as sites like Match.com host live events. How About We co-founder Brian Schechter  said, “It’s about humanizing the experience”. For E Jean Carroll, Elle magazine’s advice columnist and matchmaker, it’s always been about personal interaction (she also co-founded Tawkify.com and Walkify.com, which sets people up via phone or to go on walks together).

Startups and apps have been gaining more traction. IAC’s Match.com bought OK Cupid two years ago. The startup’s co-founder, Sam Yagan, described his site as “offering companionship via first dates”. Its recently launched Crazy Blind Date app generated buzz since it matches users and locations for twenty minute dating encounters. How About We, another popular site, provides a stream of dating activity options to connect users.

The panelists debated the challenges of online vs. offline dating using interesting stats:

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Revolving Door: Univision’s GOP Boycott, ‘Erin Burnett OutFront,’ ‘Marie Claire,’ and More

Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michele Bachmann say they will not take part in a Univision debate scheduled for January because of allegations that the Spanish-language media outlet pushed an embarrassing story about a relative to Sen. Mark Rubio (FL-R) after he refused to be interviewed for a Univision program. Univision denies this. [via The Miami Herald blog]

The BBC is to cut 2,000 jobs and will be changing its programming line up in order to trim 20 percent from its budget over the next five years.

Erin Burnett OutFront kicked off this week with good ratings, but gets bad press for the way Burnett covered Occupy Wall Street.

Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., who built the Nielsen company beyond TV and radio ratings, died at the age of 92.

Marie Claire has chosen Geraldine Sealy as editor-at-large and Joyce Chang as deputy editor. Sealy, the former deputy editor of Whole Living, and Chang, the former deputy editor of People Style Watch, replace Abigail Pesta and Anne Fulenwider. [via NY Observer]

Craig Dubow, the CEO of Gannett, steps down less than a month after taking medical leave. [via TVSpy]

More media changes after the jump.

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