But what it also shows is the number of people who have either given up on the possibility of meeting someone in person or how our culture has quarantined sects of the population.
The stigma that comes with online dating isn’t going anywhere, regardless of the number of people who join.
Since the introduction of the first dating site, Match.com, in 1995, the industry has averaged over a billion dollars annually.
What online dating deprives users of is the story of “how I met so-and-so.” Telling your friends that you met your significant other simply because you liked a picture and had a few common interests doesn’t make them coo and awe.
In a college town, where the potential of meeting someone who has the same interests and idiosyncrasies runs very high, online dating should be the last option that students should consider.
People show tendencies of shying behind the screen of a computer and the facade of a dating website, while being too nervous to have physical interactions with others.
Dating websites brag about the number of singles it has during their commercials in an attempt to show viewers how many “chances” they have to find a match.
Whether it is at a social gathering, a class, a coffee house or simply just on the street, the “chances” are everywhere. Intimidation and nervousness can be subdued by fixating on the idea of growth.
It is quite understandable that due to the hectic lifestyle an average college student lives, online dating seemingly provides a way to stay in contact with society.
However, while technology has advanced, the average person has become more introverted.
Cue Dean Martin’s “Everybody Loves Somebody.”Gone are the days when a couple runs toward each other and kisses passionately in public (all while the crowd cheers, of course).
It would be more fathomable nowadays if a couple were to walk into each other with their heads buried in their cell phone because they were updating their online dating profile.
Depending on the website and the algorithm that it uses, an online site matches up people with common interests.
Then, with no assurance of who is on the other screen, users may chat and even potentially set up meetings, going only by some computer-transmitted words and a few uploaded pictures.