The Internet Changes How We Date

from the is-change-good? dept

Yet another article about just how popular online dating has become, but this one takes a slightly different angle. It’s talking not just about how online dating has gone mainstream, but how it’s completely changing the way people date. While there used to be a stigma attached to such things, now, many people even say the prefer to use an online dating service, because it gives them a way to do a “background” check on their potential matches. Meanwhile, the sites are becoming increasingly sophisticated – to the point that you’re no longer just matched on common age and basic interests. Instead, sites are flinging 500 question psychological profiles at you, to make sure you really match up with someone else. Opposites attract? It sounds like some of these sites would never let such a thing happen.

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dorpus says:

Still a long way to go

Every dating site I’ve seen has a core crowd of about 20 people per city (shall we say the loser crowd?) who keep posting ads over and over.

The questionnaires still expect you to give yes-or-no answers to everything — when life is full of nuances and does-not-apply’s. It reduces us to dumb stereotypes.

The knife cuts both ways. Besides the success stories, I’d be interested in the stories of people who were scarred for life by people on the net whom they never met. I’ve had women be mad at me years after I told them off on the net.

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