The dating site e Harmony claims an average of 542 members marry every day in America.As online dating becomes the dominant path to relationships, it shifts the way these unions are built.K.-based online dating executive Dan Winchester, who predicts, “The future will see better relationships, but more divorce.” Internet dating sites, supporters say, create a larger and more fluid “dating marketplace,” which in turn yields better and more compatible matches.
Slater doesn’t think that online dating will necessarily destroy monogamy, but he does think that monogamy will change and become more transient.
“The bar for what people consider to be a good relationship will go up,” he predicts.
Why settle down when a better match is just a click away?
And where is the incentive to work through relationship difficulty when it’s so easy to access alternatives?
“I think people are skeptical about joining dating things.” A decade later, a somewhat savvier Zuckerberg has had a change of heart.
Last week, Facebook unveiled “Graph Search,” a new search engine that will allow users to comb through data from their existing online networks.
The problem is that the scientific jury is still out on whether similarity is, in fact, good for long-term commitment.
And there’s no strong evidence that computers can predict compatibility through measurable psychological variables.
“We will reach a point when people don’t distinguish between meeting online and off-line,” he says.
“We won’t refer to online dating; it will just be dating.” And we aren’t far away.
“The other side is there will be more breakups, because people won’t feel imprisoned in relationships that aren’t right.” And that, Slater and others predict, could erode the values of commitment.