“Loneliness is a horrible affliction,” says journalist Dan Slater, author of the new book, Love in the Time of Algorithms. More than 30 million single adults in America, one-third of all the lonely hearts out there, have an online dating profile in any given month, reports Smithsonian.
What does all this mean for the future of love? Slater argues that online daters set higher expectations for possible partners. At the same time, all those seemingly cute, interesting profiles on online dating sites might make committing more difficult. “On the one hand, the bar would be raised for what we think of as a good relationship,” Slater says. “But, necessarily, as a result of that, you are also going to see more relationships break up. People are not going to be as willing to stick around in relationships that they are not happy with.”