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This environment, mind you, is just like the one we see in the offline world.
There’s no obvious pattern by which people who meet online are worse off. For people who have a hard time finding partners in their day-to-day, face-to-face life, the larger subset of potential partners online is a big advantage for them.
It makes it easier for someone who is looking for something very specific in a partner to find what they are looking for.
It also helps the people who use the apps by allowing them to enjoy a pattern of regular hookups that don’t have to lead to relationships.
The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
You have one of the most unique data sets about modern romance. Well, one of the first things you have to know to understand how dating — or really courtship rituals, since not everyone calls it dating — has changed over time is that the age of marriage in the United States has increased dramatically over time.
For folks who are meeting people everyday—really younger people in their early twenties—online dating is relevant, but it really becomes a powerful force for people in thin dating markets.
What’s more, many people who meet in the online sites that cater to hookups end up in long-term relationships.I think these things are definitely characteristic of modern romance.Part of what you have uncovered during your research is how drastic the rise of online dating has been.(For gay couples, it's more like two out of every three).The apps have been surprisingly successful -- and in ways many people would not expect.