Online dating for lonely souls
Apparently, I wasn’t alone in my Valentine’s Day depression-induced hunt for Prince Charming.Experts say online dating sites see a huge traffic increase between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.While many dating sites claim the ability to find your perfect match, social scientists aren’t buying it.
With that in mind it’s no real surprise that online dating is now the third most popular way to meet a potential partner; behind meeting through friends and family and at the work place.
They both used the site to meet more people and go on more dates, while using their limited free time efficiently.
But even if algorithms aren’t the answer, there’s no doubt that online dating has led to successful relationships — my own included.
"Online dating doesn't change my taste, or how I behave on a first date, or if I will be a good partner.
It only changes the process of discovery," says Mehr in Dan Slater's new book "Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating." (Slater notes that Mehr was the only dating exec he interviewed who felt this way.)It’s the efficiency of this “process of discovery” that’s appealing to many daters.