Another day, another moral panic over The Kids and their sexy, promiscuous online dating.
The recent popularity of online dating has given rise to a similar rhetoric.
Proponents argue that online dating will drastically improve romantic outcomes by matching people with their ideal partners through foolproof algorithms.
Opponents fear that online dating will destroy the element of mystery and serendipity inherent to romance, and promote a serial dating mentality.
As was the case earlier with television, these notions are overstated in that they ascribe too much influence to the technology (and too little to the users), and simplistic in that they disregard other meaningful psychological, social, and cultural factors.
I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.