Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.Online dating doesn’t have as much stigma as it used to.With about 40 million Americans using dating sites and apps, it’s becoming more and more common for people to meet and date online.
Some who are not privy to the workings of online dating are reluctant to try it because of security reasons and a general assumption that people you meet online aren’t as genuine as people you meet in person. When online dating was first introduced, most of the users were actually sincere about their intentions of finding a person to fall in love with online.
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.
"There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.
Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?