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Today, at least one in four women of that age is unattached. Reflecting trends in the West, Israel is also witnessing a sharp rise in the divorce rate. Oz Almog, a sociologist from the Israel Studies Department at Haifa University, told The Media Line.“A few years ago being divorced was a disgrace, shameful. Now, in America, one out of every two couples is divorced. “Having a lasting marriage is becoming abnormal, and that’s no joke.Ronen says that “seekers” who are put off by the blatant dating clubs and sites use other, more subtle activities to meet partners.“Meditation classes, Yoga, Kabbalah studies, Tantra courses; it’s a meat market,” Ronen says.Almog, believes, it’s uniquely harder and harder to actually meet in Israel, regardless of the dating clubs.“Specifically in Israel we have extra difficulties,” Almog says.Whereas, if someone passes over you on an Internet site, there is nothing you can do,” she tells The Media Line.Still, Zahavi-London argues that the Internet lets one cast a wider net. It’s because you can reach a wider group of people now.

And now, so many singles don’t have the right place and they don’t want to host someone in their apartment -- why should they?“Women come to the parties in packs, not alone, whereas a man will come alone,” she explains. They had fun and will come back hoping to meet someone the next time.”Eviatar Ronen, a divorced 49-year-old events organizer with boyish, charming looks, says he finds Internet dating the best way to meet women.“Men are less social and less engaged and aren't embarrassed to come alone. If they come to an event and don’t find someone to go home with they won’t come back. However, while he says he has enjoyed it, he suggests that it risks creating a culture of “alienation” from the more challenging real world. There are lots of choices and if you don’t like it…Today, belonging to a dating service is very legitimate.”Zahavi-London manages a dating site called “Shakuf B’Tzafon,” in northern Israel.She maintains that the Internet significantly widens the number of potential partners over the traditional ways of hooking up.

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