Once you’re in a relationship with somebody, it doesn’t really matter how you met that other person.There are online sites that cater to hookups, sure, but there are also online sites that cater to people looking for long-term relationships.The rise of phone apps and online dating websites gives people access to more potential partners than they could meet at work or in the neighborhood.It makes it easier for someone who is looking for something very specific in a partner to find what they are looking for.I spoke with Rosenfeld to hear more about his research, to learn about the ways in which the rise of online dating is defining modern love, and to talk about the biggest misconceptions people have about online dating.The interview has been edited for length and clarity.I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.
A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?
Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?
Part of what you have uncovered during your research is how drastic the rise of online dating has been.
That's something not everyone thinks this is a good thing. The worry about online dating comes from theories about how too much choice might be bad for you.