Evolution of online dating
That’s why, for example, people are enticed by dating Web site Match.com’s offer of “millions of possibilities.” But, as a team of researchers has shown in a recent study, this abundance of options may not make the chooser feel or choose any better than a pool of just a half dozen or so options.
Psychologist Alison Lenton from the University of Edinburgh, Barbara Fasolo from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and cognitive scientist Peter Todd from Indiana University have presented their findings on this subject in a recent issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.
Anonymity allowed people to be themselves or a creative version thereof.
Chat rooms allowed people to take risks and be bold in the expression of their intimate selves.
As the researchers explain, people tend to anticipate that they’ll feel better about “shopping for a mate” when there is a large number of options.
Quite expectedly, an entirely new format for socializing emerged.British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) explained the evolution of love and how it has changed over the years. Since the 90s, more people are meeting online and traditional methods are declining.Traditionally, people met through friends, religious affiliations, or proximity, including living in the same neighborhood or general area.A recent survey by the Pew Research Group showed that those born in the 1930s and 1940s attended church at least once a week, whereas about a quarter of those born in the 1980s and 1990s visit religious institutes that often.
With online dating, church has become irrelevant in matchmaking.
The possibilities for how it would impact our intimate lives and change the landscape of dating was soon to be seen. In these early days before digital cameras were the rage and you could share photos online, "chat" was just that.