“The rise of online dating will mean an overall decrease in commitment.”

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Fri, Jan 11th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this article in The Atlantic, Dan Slater, author of Love in the Time of Algorithms, opines that the ease with which we can find online romance will create a future of "better relationships but more divorce."

The positive aspects of online dating are clear: the Internet makes it easier for single people to meet other single people with whom they might be compatible, raising the bar for what they consider a good relationship. But what if online dating makes it too easy to meet someone new? What if it raises the bar for a good relationship too high? What if the prospect of finding an ever-more-compatible mate with the click of a mouse means a future of relationship instability, in which we keep chasing the elusive rabbit around the dating track?

Of course, no one knows exactly how many partnerships are undermined by the allure of the Internet dating pool. But most of the online-dating-company executives I interviewed while writing my new book, Love in the Time of Algorithms, agreed with what research appears to suggest: the rise of online dating will mean an overall decrease in commitment.

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