In fact, online dating has made it easier for those seeking long-term commitments to find each other.
Experts say that one-third of recent marriages in the United States started online.
“Online services enable a downright Seinfeld-ian level of superficial nitpickiness,” one Fortune article lamented.
They’ve “given rise to a pick-and-choose shopping behavior that prioritizes looks more than ever before.” In reality, how someone looks in a couple of pictures is no indicator of whether you’ll be attracted to them.
One somewhat hysterical Vanity Fair article recently claimed that sites like Tinder have brought on a “dating apocalypse,” with young men and women meeting online, getting together for sex, then never talking again.
In 2013, Mary Kay Beckman sued for million after a man she met on the site came to her Las Vegas home with a knife and an intent to kill.
Men on the site tend to message women closer to their own age; very few men over 30 actually reach out to 20-year-old women.
And while it’s true that being older and single means you face a “thin” romantic market, both on the Web and off, the sheer scale of online dating mitigates this.
People have always sought out casual sex — flings are key plot points in “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) and “The Fires of Autumn” (1942).
One sociologist found that college-age students are having no more sex today than they were in 1988.