Those areas are: Let’s examine each of these areas in more detail.

First, a caveat—they did not look into sites such as Craiglist, sex or hookup sites, infidelity sites, sites for arranging group dates, social networking sites (such as Facebook) or online video games (such as World of Warcraft or Sims) Access Having the opportunity to examine the profiles of hundreds, if not thousands, of potential matches must surely be an advantage, right?

If you hold onto the false belief that you need to keep looking until you find that soulmate, you may zip past some otherwise excellent dating prospects.

Communication Because users can engage in extensive online communication (called “Computer Mediated Communication” or CMC), prior to meeting, they form impressions that may or may not correspond to those they eventually make when they see the real person.

Consequently, you may be less likely to commit to the people who you do decide to follow up on because you know there are hundreds of others out there, should this match prove flawed.

Finkel and his co-authors also caution against the false belief that there is a perfect match for you out there in the online universe.

The growth of social media encourages internet-based connections with the people we know and love and the people we would like to get to know and love.

We are busier than ever at work, our jobs require that we either travel or move to new cities, and as a result, we don’t have the luxury to rely on finding a partner through connections with family or friends.

e Harmony provides its users with advice on dating, relationships, and—of course—plenty of diagnostic quizzes.

Although these online dating sites attract millions of customers and billions of dollars, scientific study reveals that they cannot possibly come through on these promises.

In a recent comprehensive analysis, Northwestern University psychologist Eli Finkel and collaborators claim that online dating sites not only don’t improve, but may even hurt those seeking happiness in their relationships.