In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Rosenfeld found that heterosexual couples are more likely to meet a romantic partner online than through personal contacts and connections. Since 1940, traditional ways of meeting partners – through family, in church and in the neighborhood – have all been in decline, Rosenfeld said.
One might suggest that this is because young people spend so much time online these days. It is probably not just the time, it is also the comfort level; the naturalness of it all.
At the same time, there is less face to face interaction between people.
Rosenfeld, a lead author on the research and a professor of sociology in the School of Humanities and Sciences, drew on a nationally representative 2017 survey of American adults and found that about 39 percent of heterosexual couples reported meeting their partner online, compared to 22 percent in 2009.
Online dating sure does allow allow for what is termed assortive mating; like meeting like. Those with college degrees meeting those with college degrees and the like. I am not always sure that this is good, but it is what it is.
Furthermore, it allows people to get to know each other a bit before they meet in real life. Messaging within the system is much more casual and less threatening (our friend Candy from the last post notwithstanding)
Meeting a significant other online has replaced meeting through friends. People trust the new dating technology more and more, and the stigma of meeting online seems to have worn off.
I suppose that there was a stigma, but I am not exactly sure why. Still, it does seem to have worn off. Perhaps people like the assortive mating opportunities.
I think that internet dating is a modest positive addition to our world. It is generating interaction between people that we otherwise wouldn’t have.
People who have in the past had trouble finding a potential partner benefit the most from the broader choice set provided by the dating apps.
Internet dating has the potential to serve people who were ill-served by family, friends and work.
I have to believe that this is true. Niche people really had a tough time with the old system.
Exit question: Is something like Tinder a dating app?