Online dating has not only shed its stigma, it has surpassed all forms of matchmaking in the United States other than meeting through friends, according to a new analysis of research on the burgeoning relationship industry.
The digital revolution in romance is a boon to lonely-hearters, providing greater and more convenient access to potential partners, reports the team of psychological scientists who prepared the review.
Are people less inclined to use online dating as they get older?
Do older people think there may be a stigma attached to this method of securing a date, or are they put off by having to use a computer or Smartphone?
With so many online dating services out there, picking one can be difficult. Narrow your search by looking at services that specialize in matching people with similar interests.But the industry's claims to offering a "science-based" approach with sophisticated algorithm-based matching have not been substantiated by independent researchers and, therefore, "should be given little credence," they conclude."Online dating is definitely a new and much needed twist on relationships," says Harry Reis, one of the five co-authors of the study and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.Do older people find the idea of using a dating site or dating app to be an unconventional method for seeking a date?The answers to these questions may not be as straightforward as you think, so let’s start by considering two possible viewpoints.