Online dating with
C., at the suggestion of a mutual friend from Texas.
Forty years after that, when I met my girlfriend in the summer of 2015, one sophisticated algorithm and two rightward swipes did all the work.
(They aren’t.) But the deeper issue isn’t the number of options in the digital dating pool, or any specific life category, but rather the sheer tonnage of , more generally.
Gone are the days when young generations inherited religions and occupations and life paths from their parents as if they were unalterable strands of DNA.
In a new paper awaiting publication, Rosenfeld finds that the online-dating phenomenon shows no signs of abating.
According to data collected through 2017, the majority of straight couples now meet online or at bars and restaurants.
My family story also serves as a brief history of romance. But they’re supplanting the role of matchmaker once held by friends and family.
For gay couples, the figure soared to nearly 70 percent.
“Anybody looking for something hard to find is advantaged by the bigger choice set.
That’s true whether you’re looking for a Jewish person in a mostly Christian area; or a gay person in a mostly straight area; or a vegan, mountain-climbing former Catholic anywhere,” Rosenfeld said.
want partners, and online dating seems to be serving that need adequately. “In the past, even if mom was supportive of her gay kids, she probably didn’t know other gay people to introduce them to,” Rosenfeld said.
The rapid adoption of online dating among the LGBTQ community speaks to a deeper truth about the internet: It’s most powerful (for better and for worse) as a tool for helping minorities of all stripes—political, social, cultural, sexual—find one another.This is the age of DIY-everything, in which individuals are charged with the full-service construction of their careers, lives, faiths, and public identities.