Online dating and divorce rates
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.
And they share some common conceits: that similarity is good for a relationship, and that mathematical algorithms can predict compatibility.K.-based online dating executive Dan Winchester, who predicts, “The future will see better relationships, but more divorce.” Internet dating sites, supporters say, create a larger and more fluid “dating marketplace,” which in turn yields better and more compatible matches.On the flip side, this bustling new marketplace, with its steady pace of transactions, might threaten traditional marriage.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.At one point, a Facebook employee stood to demonstrate a search for “friends of my friends who are single and living in San Francisco.” And that’s when Facebook entered the online dating game, doing away with what was, until now, a fragile divide between quotidian online activity and the act of browsing for potential mates.A new book by journalist Dan Slater, , argues that something momentous and irreversible has happened to modern-day dating and relationships.
Slater says it heralds a shift akin in significance to the sexual revolution.
The dating site e Harmony claims an average of 542 members marry every day in America.
As online dating becomes the dominant path to relationships, it shifts the way these unions are built.
“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.
By 2009, that number had grown to around 20 per cent for heterosexual couples, and 60 per cent for same-sex matches.