More and more of us insist on outsourcing our love-lives to spreadsheets and algorithms.According to the Pew Research Center, the overwhelming majority of Americans suggest that online dating is a good way to meet people.Interestingly, more than 15% of adults say that they have used either mobile dating apps or an online dating site at least once in the past.Online dating services are now the second most popular way to meet a partner.
Most people meet their significant others through their social circles or work/school functions. In the search for a potential date, more and more people are switching to less traditional methods. With the rise and rise of apps like Tinder (and the various copycat models) who could blame them.Browsing profiles isn’t nearly as time-consuming (or daunting) as mixing with people in a social context.Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.The US Association of Psychological Science found that reviewing multiple candidates causes people to be more judgmental, and inclined to dismiss a not-quite-perfect candidate than they otherwise would be in a face-to-face meeting. Many of the pictures of the women I have met had much younger pictures on their profile.