A closer look at online dating’s real-world consequences

Key points

  • Online dating is the number-one way for couples to meet in the U.S.
  • Relationships form differently online than through conventional face-to-face dating.
  • These changes to the ways couples meet may have large-scale implications.

Online dating is more than just a passing trend. In the U.S., most couples today meet online. Online dating has also become particularly popular among Millennials and Gen Zers, thanks in no small part to apps like Tinder and Bumble. As the first generations of adults to grow up with the internet, their willingness to embrace online dating is telling. In my own research, I’ve spoken with college-aged adults who have never had the experience of approaching someone for a date outside of an app-a sign of just how different dating is now compared to previous generations. read more