Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
The question at hand in Dan Slater's piece in the latest Atlantic print edition, "A Million First Dates: How Online Dating is Threatening Monogamy," is whether online dating can change some basic settings in American heterosexual relationships such that monogamy and commitment are less important.
Narratively, the story focuses on Jacob, an overgrown manchild jackass who can't figure out what it takes to have a real relationship.
The argument is that online dating expands the romantic choices that people have available, somewhat like moving to a city. For example, if you give people more chocolate bars to choose from, the story tells us, they think the one they choose tastes worse than a control group who had a smaller selection.
Therefore, online dating makes people less likely to commit and less likely to be satisfied with the people to whom they do commit.
Learning new ways to travel safely in and outside the home can be daunting. I think you run into the same struggles, some of the same great things. Harley: My love life is not for discussion today, I don't think. But what if online dating makes it too easy to meet someone new?What if it raises the bar for a good relationship too high?Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.