New yorker article on internet dating
“I’ve dated guys for two months here and there, and for different reasons we’d break up,” Ross said, “maybe because our schedules didn’t align, or it just wasn’t forever.” But like a lot of single New Yorkers, Ross is looking for forever. Ross (not her real name), 38, has lived in Manhattan for 16 years, and in that time she has been in one long-term relationship, which lasted about 18 months. ” She is all those things, as well as funny, confident and a natural storyteller.Theoretically, the odds are good that a person can find a soul mate among the 3.2 million single New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 64.
All work and no play Ross is no exception, clocking between 40 and 60 hours a week.
Then there’s her work-related travel, four to five days a month.
Add in socializing with friends most nights, and it all leaves her very little time for working the little black book.
Today, 15% of American adults utilize online dating, which, along with mobile, generates the majority of the industry’s .4 billion in revenue.
“The Internet has become the largest context for meeting a new dating partner, more so than through friends, religious groups, bars, work and school,” said Justin Garcia, an evolutionary biologist and sex researcher at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute and co-author of the annual Singles in America survey.Since 2013, online dating usage has nearly tripled among Americans 18 to 24 years old, according to the Pew Research Center, accounting for more than 20% of all Americans in this age bracket.The problem is, online dating isn’t often a quick solution.“Six or seven years ago, when I started on e Harmony, it took me 10 hours to put together a profile,” Ross said.