"In the words of one online dater: 'Where else can you go in a matter of 20 minutes [and] look at 200 women who are single and want to go on dates?
' " Along with Reis, other co-authors include Eli Finkel, associate professor of social psychology at Northwestern University and lead author on the paper; Paul Eastwick, assistant professor of psychology at Texas A&M University; Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles; and Susan Sprecher, professor of sociology and psychology at Illinois State University.
The graph shows the percentage of Americans who met their partners online as a function of the year they met.
The data is adapted from a study by Michael Rosenfeld from Stanford University and Reuben Thomas from City College of New York and is based on a nationally representative sample of 3,009 partnered respondents. Data is adapted from a study by Michael Rosenfeld from Stanford University and Reuben Thomas from City College of New York.
And corresponding by computer for weeks or months before meeting face-to-face has been shown to create unrealistic expectations, he says.