We all know someone who has met their significant other online, or have heard some of the tragic/romantic/off-the-wall stories of someone who has dated online.
At the very least, you’ve seen the proliferation of online dating sites such as OKCupid, e Harmony, Tinder, Hinge, and the more tailored platforms such as JDate, Christian Mingle, and Farmers (yes, this exists). And it’s not just those digitally-savvy Millennials; about 1 in 5 adults age 45 have used digital dating sources to find love.
It's hard to ignore something as obvious as height, especially if it makes a person stand out.
Other tools aim to take advantage of the technology to make it even faster to connect with people by simply letting you provide very little information about yourself (a bunch of pictures for example) and then they offer you a quick and brutal way to judge the profile of other participants and see if they are worthy of your attention (Tinder anyone!? Those technological social tools are nice concepts but have failed miserably at helping people connect properly with each other on all dimensions.
Instead those tools only cover shallow dimensions of the human interactions without providing the full spectrum of such.
Generally speaking, an average straight man will have to send 25 messages to women his own age procure one response, while the average straight woman will have to send 5 messages.
That's fascinating, and also could be an explanation — men sending a lot more messages than women — for the disparity.
One man compared it to being “breach of contract” which I think is pretty telling – the idea that how women look is a contract for services that they should not breach and that a reasonable response to the breach of that contract is a complete suspension of basic human decency.
[Edit: Added to address some comments] I think it’s interesting to discuss what constitutes “lying” about one’s appearance.
Actually, the etiquette of online dating emphasizes the importance of choosing the pictures: the pictures that makes you look hot, sexy and “interesting”.
A “good” photo, as many would deem, is a photo that is showing all of your silhouette (not just your face), a smiling face and a picture while you are doing your interests.
Electronic social interaction is like junk food, whereas face to face interaction is like wholesome and organic food.