You never know how things are going to evolve until they do.
But the benefit, she says, is that dating online gives you access to a lot more people than you’d ordinarily ever get to meet — and that’s how she connected with her future husband.
Offline, that kind of attraction would spark organically.
The authors of the study note that people are notoriously fickle about what’s important to them about potential dates.
Overall, the study found, Internet dating is a good thing, especially for singles who don’t otherwise have many opportunities to meet people.
It also means that b) people may unknowingly skip over potential mates for the wrong reasons.
The person you see on paper doesn’t translate neatly to a real, live human being, and there’s no predicting or accounting for the chemistry you might feel with a person whose online profile was the opposite of what you thought you wanted.
Everyone knows someone who met their spouse online.
A friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in years told me recently that she, too, met her husband on an Internet dating site.
“You can’t look at a piece of paper and know what it’s like to interact with someone,” says Reis.