Scientists have recently taken a look into online dating. Because suddenly online dating has become so popular that it’s arguably the second most popular way of meeting your future partner.
One in five relationships between heterosexual couples are born on online dating sites, and it increases to a mindblowing 70 percent if you look at gay and lesbian couples.
Limitless options and dwindling patience are threatening to end love as we know it. All incredible women with so much to give but who couldn't deliver the instant bolt of love I had convinced myself was a prerequisite for any long-term relationship to blossom. Patience when times aren't good above all else., had it been today, "I wouldn’t have seen her again.
Millions of people around the world are trying to find love online as we speak. In the wake of my divorce in 2007, over a period of five years, I went on hundreds of dates — most of which went on to involve a sexual liaison of some kind — because I was searching for someone to replace my wife, and because it was easy and I was trying to outrun my pain. I expected to be able to find something perfect out there in the ether, beyond my laptop. When I did get that "glimpse of eternity", to borrow a great line from Stephen Vizinczey's I was stuck in traffic. She'd have put her picture on a dating site, married a Texas oil billionaire and blocked me on Facebook."So why are so many people breaking up in 2013? I would argue it's partly because we have become so impatient. Getting in and out of relationships is easier than ever because of mobile phones, emails, social networking and online dating.
I went halfway around the world looking for the perfect woman: from Sydney to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles. It gets back to what Douglas Coupland coined in Generation X all those years ago: "option paralysis".
Patience and forbearance are some of the most crucial ingredients of any relationship.
I've dated women who should have had their i Phones surgically grafted in their wrists.
We're living in an increasingly disconnected world when it comes to emotions.
It was the story of my comprehensive marriage breakdown, my even more comprehensive mental breakdown, my sexual escapades in Australia and the United States as an accidental but hardcore "player", my quixotic search for love in the age of the internet and, most of all, how I came to repair the fractured relationship I had with my daughter, who was four when I divorced. That's because our global culture of instant connectivity but perpetual distraction is destroying relationships and marriages.
Those figures have some margin of error, of course, but they're not too far from the truth.
We move on if a web page takes more than five seconds to download. It's quicker to replace something than repair it. Facebook alone is blamed for causing one in five breakups in the United States and one in three in the United Kingdom.
People sleep outside a store overnight to get their hands on a phone? A major repurcussion of this phenomenon is that relationships — the bedrock of our society — are being treated with the same impatience as everything else.
Just look at the ridiculous cult of Apple and its products.