The premise was simple: For a day, we removed all the profile pictures on the site.
Users howled — site traffic dropped more than 80 percent that day.
Online dating allows people to browse partners from their own homes.
But those who stuck around had much deeper and more productive conversations than normal.
Replies to messages came fast, and dates were set up more quickly.
Once upon a time, online daters were mocked as lonely losers, or worse. Today, at least 40 million Americans are looking for love on the Web. Like sex, love and attraction, online dating is an object of fascination and confusion.
Some commentators credit it with helping singles feel more secure and confident, while others blame it for “ruining romance,” “killing commitment” and contributing to the rise of the hook-up culture. While women generally prefer men around their own age, men are most attracted to 20-year-olds, period.