T he internet is changing the way society communicates, processes information and knowledge, and configures its relationship towards authority. Some of these developments are exciting and challenging, but in one particular sense the internet poses a fundamental challenge to the way humans interact. The following criticism and concern regarding online dating is not at all intended as a criticism of good and heartening personal stories — I, too, know people who have met their significant other through online dating. Today, internet dating has become more or less accepted as a way of forming relationships. There has been some criticism, but it has usually been of the functional and operational kind, regarding subscription costs or users providing false pictures or information.
The growth of online dating
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Editorial: The Online Dating Industry
It is a sad truth that the dating industry continues to turn a blind eye to many of the solutions that could prevent their websites from being polluted with scammers. Image recognition that could recognize previously use faces is but one that would not be hard to implement. Pattern recognition, grammar testing, IP address filtering, repeated use of phone numbers and email addresses, are all things that could be screened for. Please these website engage in questionable business practices that in some cases might be fraudulent themselves.
About three years ago, I was sitting with a female friend in a bar on a frantic Saturday night in Dublin. By the end of the night, several worse-for-wear men had wandered in our direction and attempted — some more ably than others — to strike up a conversation. You choose a bar out of habit or at random. Online and app-based dating has changed the way we interact with each other. One in four relationships now start online, and that number will only increase.