Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.“It had to do with distance and them barely seeing each other,” a source told Us." height="213" src="//img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/tenant/amp/entityid/BBKEw FT.img?A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?
The age of first marriage is now in the late twenties, and more people in their 30s and even 40s are deciding not to settle down.
The idea is that if you’re faced with too many options you will find it harder to pick one, that too much choice is demotivating.
We see this in consumer goods — if there are too many flavors of jam at the store, for instance, you might feel that it’s just too complicated to consider the jam aisle, you might end up skipping it all together, you might decide it's not worth settling down with one jam. I don’t think that that theory, even if it’s true for something like jam, applies to dating.
It also helps the people who use the apps by allowing them to enjoy a pattern of regular hookups that don’t have to lead to relationships.
I think these things are definitely characteristic of modern romance.