Online Dating

  title={Online Dating},
  author={Eli J. Finkel and Paul W. Eastwick and Benjamin R. Karney and Harry T. Reis and Susan Sprecher},
  journal={Psychological Science in the Public Interest},
  pages={3 - 66}
Online dating sites frequently claim that they have fundamentally altered the dating landscape for the better. This article employs psychological science to examine (a) whether online dating is fundamentally different from conventional offline dating and (b) whether online dating promotes better romantic outcomes than conventional offline dating. The answer to the first question (uniqueness) is yes, and the answer to the second question (superiority) is yes and no. To understand how online… 

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