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Does online dating lead to healthier relationships?

Does online dating lead to healthier relationships?
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Life pretty moves fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Those were the famous words spoken by Ferris Beuller, and anyone who’s seen the movie knows he has a valid point. In a fast-paced, technologically driven world, meeting your next love interest can be hard, which is why so many singles are turning to the internet in hopes of finding love. But while meeting new people online is easier than ever before, many people believe the dating game has become even more complicated under the guise of convenience. But is this true?

Well, contrary to the popular belief that dating apps only encourage casual relationships, a new study in the journal PLOS ONE has shown that people who have met their partners online have often strong long-term relationship goals.

"The Internet is profoundly transforming the dynamics of how people meet," said researcher Gina Potarca from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland.

"It provides an unprecedented abundance of meeting opportunities and involves minimal effort and no third-party intervention." These new dating technologies include smartphone apps like Tinder or Grindr, where users select partners by browsing and swiping on pictures.

The results of the study (which you can see here) are incredibly thorough— however, I do wonder if the reason for the success of online dating is because almost everyone these days uses dating apps— not to mention, you can meet several people online within seconds, thus increasing the chances of finding a good match?


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