Dating industry stats
By 2009, that number had grown to around 20 per cent for heterosexual couples, and 60 per cent for same-sex matches.An estimated 30 to 40 million North Americans now use online dating sites.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.
Slater says it heralds a shift akin in significance to the sexual revolution.
In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.
Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.
2016 research in the journal Cogent Psychology outlines the similarities and differences between Tinder users, users of online dating agencies, and the general population. 2015 research, published in the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice, has outlined the psychological harm done by online dating scams.
UK-based researchers Monica T Whitty and Tom Buchanan produced…