Online versus traditional dating
For the most part, research and the dating sites themselves agree that the biggest difference in online dating vs.traditional dating is an increase in the size of the dating pool.Across demographics, onliners topped offliners in self-reported marital satisfaction.Which is not to say that Luddites who hitch can’t be happy.
The Census reported in 2011 that 51 percent of adult Americans were married—an all-time low and falling, while the median age for marriage hit an all-time high (29 for men and 27 for women).
If someone’s actually offered maximum disclosure with minimum delay, isn’t that a lot like knowing all about the foibles of the girl next-door—only faster?
As recently as 10 or 15 years ago, online dating was marginalized in most circles.
(Please note that the survey was commissioned by e Harmony; Cacioppo is an adviser to those folks and co-author Gian C.
Gonzaga is the former head of e Harmony’s lab.) In a paper that appears online today at the Results show that for 60 years, family and grade school have been steadily declining in their influence over the dating market.