Cons of online dating services

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As people became more self-reliant and transient, they turned to singles ads and dating services.The advent of the Internet and inception of in 1995 prompted a sea change.As one single man says in the report, “Where else can you go in a matter of 20 minutes, look at 200 women who are single and want to go on dates?” But the process doesn’t necessarily help form strong relationships.Four years ago Sunday, Andrew Martin and Julie Ciamporcero Avetta were matched on e Harmony.She fitted none of his top criteria — “He said he liked baseball, grilling and political activism,” she recalls.There is a site that caters to just about every whim or belief, while some even offer forums and fun activities to make contact easier.

Monika Lupean, a 54-year-old yoga instructor from Maryland, has experienced that problem repeatedly in her four years of online dating.

“The problem is that the way online dating is implemented undermines some amount of its goodness.” People have always needed help looking for love.

Parents and village elders used to play matchmaker.

The report by Finkel’s team, a meta-analysis of hundreds of studies related to online dating and relevant human behavior, says that in just one month last year, there were 25 million people using online dating sites.

This is especially good, the authors say, for those who might otherwise have a hard time meeting people — single parents, workaholics, those who are new in town, recently divorced or not heterosexual.

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