(This one, for the record, looked at marriages and other long-term relationships; if you’re not looking to tie the knot, its conclusions aren’t for you.) Then there’s a sort of secondary issue in how we define a site’s actual function, because despite the marketing hype, that isn’t clear.
Most paid sites claim, for instance, that it’s their highly scientific matching algorithms that lead people to serious relationships; in his 2013 book on the subject, however, the journalist Dan Slater concludes that most of those claims are bunk.
And yet, just this week, a new analysis from Michigan State University found that online dating leads to fewer committed relationships than offline dating does — that it doesn’t work, in other words.
That, in the words of its own author, contradicts a pile of studies that have come before it.
Other towns in this population range are Lynnwood, Puyallup, Pasco, South Hill, Burien, Lacey, University Place, Bothell, Walla Walla, East Hill-Meridian and Des Moines.— that online dating “works.” This much should be obvious: We don’t actually know.Some of the reasons for that ambiguity are clear in this latest study.Women habitually stay single into their 30s and 40s, a tidal shift in how they viewed commitment even one or two generations ago.And while reliable data on sexual partners is hard to come by, there’s some suggestion that modern singles get around more than they used to.
For starters, there’s this greater cultural issue of how we define relationship success: Is it marriage? Is it what Ok Cupid’s data team calls a “fourway” — four messages back and forth between two semi-interested parties?