5 disadvantages of online dating
So sites claiming science-based approaches to matchmaking don't seem to have science behind them at all, particularly since they guard heavily the research they conduct themselves, and there's no telling what it might consist of.If you're interested in online dating, it might be worth a try -- but be sure to keep in mind the drawbacks that may come with the territory.After all, it involves (in most cases) looking through someone’s profile to make sure you have enough stuff in common, and/or sending a bunch of messages before agreeing to meet inperson.But as it turns out, the information gleaned from profile-perusing or chatting isn’t actually all that predictive when it comes to long-term romantic prospects.For many years, online dating had a stigma attached to it.Its likeness to personal ads may have been a little too close for comfort, and Americans were hesitant to embrace it.Now, a new study commissioned by the American Psychological Association, shows that it's shed that stigma, and is forging ahead as a central method for finding love.
In short, he argues that OKCupid, Tinder, and their ilk encourage an endless series of first dates that don’t really go anywhere.
Interestingly, men look at about three times as many dating profiles as women, and are 40 percent more likely to contact another person than women are.
To give some comparison, in the 1990s, only about one percent of people used personal ads to meet other singles.
Another drawback to the process is that the necessary sifting through online dating profiles can create a shopper's mentality, whereby good people may be overlooked, in favor of more superficially appealing prospects.
Finally, the study found no evidence that the algorithms the sites use to make matches had been evaluated independently in peer-review journals (or anywhere else).
Although Internet dating can be a helpful tool for some people, the authors caution that there are some drawbacks to the online dating world.