One of the biggest changes that has happened with online dating, is that the market for use has expanded beyond middle aged heterosexuals and LGBTQ individuals — societies that sociologists say first made use of online dating services because of more intense limitations to finding a partner in the physical space.Today, the number of 18 to 24-year old who use online dating has nearly tripled — increasing from 10 percent in 2013 to 27 percent in 2015.
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff After about six months of online dating, Sue Liang is more than a little disillusioned. It’s so hard to tell if someone’s really genuine, or what they’re looking for,” she says.However, fueled by the proliferation and perseverance of online dating, the taboo of meeting a partner on the internet is steadily decaying.Tinder, which became five-years old on Tuesday, has achieved a degree of success that both exemplifies and instigated this development.But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?
Is online dating making the world better and dating more effective, or is something important being lost or sacrificed as a result? from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a billion industry.