This report details how teens are using technology and the internet to shape and mold their romantic relationships.
This interactive essay features teens voices as they describe their experience navigating dating in the digital age.
One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app; 66% of them have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23% have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites.
Everyone has a friend or two who takes that much longer to respond to emails because they just don’t ever check their accounts, who don’t want to join social networks and who never pop up on IM and gmail-chat.
Although many dating sites tout the superiority of partner matching through the use of “scientific algorithms,” the authors find that there is little evidence that these algorithms can predict whether people are good matches or will have chemistry with one another.
The authors’ overarching assessment of online dating sites is that scientifically, they just don’t measure up.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.