A new book by journalist Dan Slater, , argues that something momentous and irreversible has happened to modern-day dating and relationships.Slater says it heralds a shift akin in significance to the sexual revolution.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.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.Today, online dating sites peddle a radical vision: a new future for love as we know it; a more efficient, more targeted way to meet a compatible mate. Forget about hanging out in bars, or volunteering at community functions, or awkwardly asking friends if their friends are single.Many of the biggest online sites are marketing themselves not just as places to get a date, but as a place to find a lifelong mate.
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At a press launch, Facebook reps showed off the new product, explaining that it could be used to search for restaurants, or for job recruiting.
At one point, a Facebook employee stood to demonstrate a search for “friends of my friends who are single and living in San Francisco.” And that’s when Facebook entered the online dating game, doing away with what was, until now, a fragile divide between quotidian online activity and the act of browsing for potential mates.
“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.