7 Drawbacks Of Online Dating, According To Science

The upside of online dating is obvious: It’s an easy way to meet a bunch of potential dates whenever you want. But does all of that quantity and convenience equal quality? Not always.

As 38 percent of contemporary American singles looking for love online, there’s now a whole body of scientific research to give us a bit of perspective. These sites and apps may have come a long way since Match.com kicked off online dating in 1995, but studies are showing that there’s still plenty of reasons to look away from your smartphones and try to meet people the old-fashioned way.

Here, we’ve rounded up a few kew drawbacks of online dating that might make you want to put more effort into meeting someone IRL.

1. All of that scrolling and swiping might make you look at potential dates — aka people — as commodities.
A 2012 comprehensive review of online dating sites found that having access to a seemingly infinite supply of profiles “can lead individuals to commoditize potential partners.” In that situation, it’s pretty easy for people to become overly picky — women can sometimes be deemed undesirable with any profile picture they pick (seriously).

2. Unlimited options means you may have a hard time finding someone who’s willing to commit.
Three words: paradox of choice. Having an unlimited pool of potential dates can not only make people feel less satisfied with their ultimate decision, but it can also lead them to freeze up and not make a choice at all. In fact, that aforementioned 2012 review found that online daters were less willing to settle down and commit to a single partner while they had boundless options literally at their fingertips, a sentiment that 32 percent of —> Read More