Update #4, 18 September, 3.27pm: In the wake of the student protests on South Africa's various university campuses, UCT's Faculty of Health Science has announced that it plans to march to Parliament...
“The problem is that the way online dating is implemented undermines some amount of its goodness.” People have always needed help looking for love.
Parents and village elders used to play matchmaker.
As people became more self-reliant and transient, they turned to singles ads and dating services.
The advent of the Internet and inception of in 1995 prompted a sea change.
For a few years, online dating seemed like the bastion of the geeky and desperate, but the stigma passed. couples who formed relationships between 20, 22 percent of them met online, one academic study found.
By 2005, 37 percent of single, American Internet users had used online dating sites, according to the Pew Research Center. It was second only to “meeting through friends” as a way of finding a partner.
The report by Finkel’s team, a meta-analysis of hundreds of studies related to online dating and relevant human behavior, says that in just one month last year, there were 25 million people using online dating sites.
This is especially good, the authors say, for those who might otherwise have a hard time meeting people — single parents, workaholics, those who are new in town, recently divorced or not heterosexual.
As one single man says in the report, “Where else can you go in a matter of 20 minutes, look at 200 women who are single and want to go on dates?
” But the process doesn’t necessarily help form strong relationships.
Browsing through profile after profile “can result in the objectification of potential partners,” the study says.