Online dating statistics 2012
Slater doesn’t think that online dating will necessarily destroy monogamy, but he does think that monogamy will change and become more transient.“The bar for what people consider to be a good relationship will go up,” he predicts.“We will reach a point when people don’t distinguish between meeting online and off-line,” he says.“We won’t refer to online dating; it will just be dating.” And we aren’t far away.At a press launch, Facebook reps showed off the new product, explaining that it could be used to search for restaurants, or for job recruiting.
Slater says it heralds a shift akin in significance to the sexual revolution.
But as dating-through-device becomes a primary medium for romance, it seems likely that our end goal—traditionally commitment, and often marriage—will also change.
Online dating has already altered our romantic psyche—most significantly by assuring us that new options are always waiting.
“The other side is there will be more breakups, because people won’t feel imprisoned in relationships that aren’t right.” And that, Slater and others predict, could erode the values of commitment.
As the story goes, the first-ever matchmaker made his first match in the city of Haran, in what is now Turkey.