What I Read This Week: Study Finds Online Daters Marry Less, Break up More

There is striking evidence to suggest that the web is causing social change. Traditionally, women might have had one or two serious relationships before settling down; today we are encouraged to date lots of people in a quest to find the “perfect partner.” With social networks today, we are only a click away from meeting people from all different backgrounds located hundreds or even thousands of miles from us. This is the first time in history humans are as easily accessible as they are now. Because of this it’s left men and women on a never-ending hunt for the perfect partner, thinking they’re only a few dates from finding The One.
With an unlimited number of other people on offer through the internet, there’s little incentive for people to work at maintaining a relationship if things get tough. Nowadays, people can are more likely to leave a failing relationship because it’s much easier to get back in the dating game and meet new people with common interests as you. With this comes a downside though, with the cloak of anonymity the net provides, it’s never been easier to be unfaithful.
The internet has now raised the question of “Where do I stop?” In our parent’s generation, people met a partner and accepted they wouldn’t be perfect in every aspect, certain flaws were overlooked if they were an all-around good match. But internet dating is like a chocolate box that never stops giving. These websites ask for your preferences on height, weight, hair color and even eye color and immediately filter out those that don’t fulfill your standards. In the real world, a person is a package and you might not care that their eyes are brown instead of your preferred green color, but online you cross off people for the shallowest reasons. This new trend has made us as a society a lot more judgmental.


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