If we parsed their fates according to the exact venue in which they met, or any other number of arbitrary factors, we would probably turn up the same kind of confusing, self-contradicting results that research into online dating perennially seems to.
But those contradictions wouldn’t be blamed on the Internet — we’d credit the vagaries of the human heart.
For some reason, no one’s content to see online dating that same way.
And yet, just this week, a new analysis from Michigan State University found that online dating leads to fewer committed relationships than offline dating does — that it doesn’t work, in other words.
That, in the words of its own author, contradicts a pile of studies that have come before it.
However, this is not the case for everyone, and there is a new generation that is increasingly discovering the effectiveness of online dating for finding a partner.
Should you decide to sign up for the online dating sites I recommend below, be sure to read member profiles carefully as you might come across a lot of fake profiles. A woman who has only one picture posted, is wearing a thinly-clad bikini and making an overly suggestive pose are usually clear signals to steer clear.
And a 2013 paper that suggested Internet access is boosting marriage rates.