Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?
A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.
Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder.
Of 19,131 couples who met online and got married, only around 7% were either separated or divorced (the overall U. Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at The University of Chicago and one of the study’s authors.
Roughly 42% of Americans know someone who dates online and more and more couples’ love stories start from the click of a mouse.
The results were also statistically controlled for marriage duration and other demographic factors such as education, he says.
But others say it’s too early in the life of the Internet to make such bold predictions about the power of online dating.
Around 38% of those who are currently single and looking reported using dating websites or apps to meet potential mates.
While adults of all ages can be found on dating sites, it's the millennial generation that tends to dominate the virtual singles scene.