First, it is an opposite of face-to -face interaction.
I'm not saying *everyone* is like this, and I can certainly understand how tough it may be for those who live in super small towns, or who don't like to go to bars, clubs, etc. overall I just can not get behind this "drive thru" type of find-me-a-relationship. Most online dating sites aren't *actually* about "dating" online, they're about "meeting" online. I'm not trying to deter anyone from these websites, but you still don't the person enough, though you may think you do. A computer can't help you stay safe from abusers, etc. I would have put his username, so that you all know to avoid if you ever see him on a dating site, but I may get banned. And so, this is probably gave someone the idea to start those algorithm matching systems on those kind of sites. So if that isn't enough to show you can never know enough about people, I don't know what is.
Online dating is a category-based, rather than an interaction-based process.
In the category-based process, one uses some concepts to predict both possibilities of acceptance and rejection by the others. I make a distinction between online communications and online dating/matching.
My problem is the majority of the people I know hanging around on dating sites are being ran through ie: experimenting with god knows who after being on so many dates.
I had a friend who went through numerous dates in a year...The research findings can be summarized as followings: 1.