Negative side effects of online dating

A 2008 study found that online dating sites are only good for narrowing down potential dates by "searchable attributes," like income or religion, rather than "experiential attributes," like rapport.

Take it from the online daters themselves: A 2013 Pew Research Center poll found that 54 percent of them have felt that "someone else seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile." Trolls lurk in all corners of the Internet, and online dating sites are no exception.

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According to Joe Schwartz there are five different types of people that register for dating services: the seeker, nester, hormone, butterfly, and dabbler.

The dabbler is just filled with curiosity and does not have any real interest in dating, whereas the nester is primarily interested in finding their soul mate and settling down.

Considering the same multitude of purposes exist in the online realm of dating as well as the real world shows that there are just as many misunderstandings and the same amount of hurt feelings.

Lynn Schofield Clarks research with teens showed that online relationships provoke an excessive amount of hurt feelings because different intentions are not voiced as quickly as they are in real world relationships.

Although these types of situations could happen in the real world as well, there is still a large difference; simple questions of identity in online relationships can never fully be answered until a meeting in person.

In a relationship in the real world you would typically believe that the name they gave you is correct but in an online relationship there will always be a suspicion that the person is not being completely honest: She says that she is pretty sure that her electronic lover is actually a man (rather than a woman pretending to be a man) because she does not think he would have suggested meeting if it were otherwise, but she worries that neither of them will turn out to be close enough to their very desirable cyberselves (Turkle 179).

Factors like communication patterns, problem-solving skills and sexual compatibility are "crucial for predicting the success or failure of relationships" but can't be captured in an algorithm employed pre-meeting (yet).

While chatting online pre-date might seem like a great way to vet matches, there's a "tipping point" at which all of that information gathering might be hurting your love life, according to a 2014 study.

The hormone is basically seeking physical attention and the butterfly wants to make a lot of acquaintances.

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