Back in the day your access to finding a spouse was limited to family, friends, and social functions for introductions. Today the Internet and the many social media platforms that are available increase a person’s sphere of candidates, from a high figure back in the day of a couple of hundred people, to thousands if not tens of thousands of candidates to choose from today. Now you can expand your romantic search outside the West Palm Beach area, to worldwide if you want.
David DeAngelo says the “Internet is a Miracle for Dating” because it slows things down. The pressure of standing in front of someone face to face is relieved by sitting at a computer and dating online, because you have control. You can answer, and edit your answer before it is given, which is much harder face to face when meeting people.
With the ability to find people that have similar interests through dating websites, relationships should be easier because of the shared interests. West Palm Beach singles now have access to people like themselves, even if they live in another part of the world. Just search the Internet for stories about long distance online meetings that ended in happy long term relationships.
The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other news publications are abuzz about the trend that the Internet is boosting marriage rates. This news was spawned from the recent findings by Ms. Bellou, who is a University of Montreal assistant professor of economics. The professor analyzed data on 21 to 30 year olds, from 1990 to 2006, who lived in the United States. The data was supplied by the Federal Communications Commission from the Current Population Survey.
“In recent decades, we have observed important transformations in the marriage market,” Ms. Bellou said. Continuing by stating, “The Internet’s effect on the marriage market could be just as transformative as its effect on matching employers and job-seekers, given access to an expanding set of potential partners, while preserving a degree of anonymity for the searcher.” More can be read in “The Impact of Internet Diffusion on Marriage Rates: Evidence from the Broadband Market,” paper that published the findings from the study.
“If the Internet indeed makes meeting people easier at all times and ages, then one might consider entering a marriage less thoughtfully to begin with,” Ms. Bellou stated. “This would imply more marriages and remarriages, but also more divorces. If, on the other hand, the Internet allows matching between more compatible people, one would expect divorce rates to decrease. More research is required to disentangle these effects.”
Obviously there are 2 schools of thought on this, however time will tell, it always does. Definitely, the Internet provides the ability for real time communication. I have seen Facebook posts or Tweets made in the heat of the moment that caused great regret later. The Internet provides many opportunities for people to build relationships, as long as they use caution.
The Internet also allows the average person to do a background check on someone before they ever meet, which is something we never had back in the day. It is a good idea to never reveal your location, or provide a way someone can find you when you are building an online relationship with them. Do not use your webcam in a place that someone can identify landmarks and easily track you down. When it is time to meet in person, it is best to meet in a public place until you know enough about them to feel comfortable to meet in a more private location.
With all the dating sites online, you can build the type of relationship you are looking for, whether it be casual or long term. There are sites that target special demographics also, making it easier to find the type of person you are looking for. So now instead of fishing in a pool of a few eligible prospects that you know who live around the West Palm Beach area, you can fish in a pool that has virtually thousands of prospects. Who knows, maybe in 20 years you will be in the data that is being studied to see if Ms. Bellou’s findings were accurate.