Unfortunately, when it comes to online dating, there is no safety in numbers.
We are busier than ever at work, our jobs require that we either travel or move to new cities, and as a result, we don’t have the luxury to rely on finding a partner through connections with family or friends.
To find out how best to use online services, we first have to examine their strengths and weaknesses.
Finkel and his collaborators critique the three main areas in which online dating services claim to be superior to the offline, or old-fashioned, way of meeting people in person.
When you meet someone in person, you have nonverbal cues as well as the actual qualities of the person right there in front of you to guide your judgment (the vibes, as it were).
That person may lie about some important fact, such as being married, but at least you have plenty of data in front of you on which to base some sort of decision.
Those areas are: Let’s examine each of these areas in more detail.