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One sociologist found that college-age students are having no more sex today than they were in 1988.
In fact, online dating has made it easier for those seeking long-term commitments to find each other.
It’s an all-too-common trope: Online dating has made casual sex easy but relationships hard.
One somewhat hysterical Vanity Fair article recently claimed that sites like Tinder have brought on a “dating apocalypse,” with young men and women meeting online, getting together for sex, then never talking again.
But those who stuck around had much deeper and more productive conversations than normal.
Replies to messages came fast, and dates were set up more quickly.
But despite the occasional bad press, the numbers suggest that online dating is very safe.
This assumption is so prevalent that MTV has an entire show, “Catfish,” devoted to investigating whether people in online relationships are representing themselves honestly to their partners.
In one extreme example of an online lie, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was tricked a few years ago into virtually dating a woman who never existed.
They’ve “given rise to a pick-and-choose shopping behavior that prioritizes looks more than ever before.” In reality, how someone looks in a couple of pictures is no indicator of whether you’ll be attracted to them.
That point was driven home for me during a small publicity stunt Ok Cupid ran to promote a blind dating app; we called it Love Is Blind Day.
The premise was simple: For a day, we removed all the profile pictures on the site.