I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?"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."And mostly they're pretty unfounded." Rosenfeld, who has been keeping tabs on the dating lives of more than 3,000 people, has gleaned many insights about the growing role of apps like Tinder.Check out the Quick Chat Guide tabs below to help make your chat experience the best it can be!Text* loveis (capitalization does not matter) to 22522.We receive a variety of questions from teens and 20-somethings all over the country. ” No relationship question is off limits, too crazy or embarrassing.
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.
The apps have been surprisingly successful -- and in ways many people would not expect.
In fact, by several measures, online dating has proved even more useful — both to individuals and society — than the traditional avenues it has replaced.
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