THE JOURNAL REPORT: NEXT; When Romance Is a Click Away; One expert's findings on the benefits and limitations of online dating
Cole, Diane[pic]. Wall Street Journal (Online) [New York, N.Y] 11 July 2012: n/a.
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There are sites that are quirky, like Stachepassions.com for women who like men with mustaches, or Cupidtino.com, for people who like Apple products [and whose headquarters is in Cupertino, Calif.]. Because there are so many sites, one of the dangers of online dating is that you can get sucked into just browsing the sites and the profiles rather than actually going out and meeting people. What if you're self-conscious about using an online dating service and what other people might think?
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For many men and women looking for new love at midlife and beyond, the place to go is obvious: the Internet. But how best to navigate cyberspace in pursuit of romance?
Eli J. Finkel, a professor of social psychology at Northwestern University, recently co-wrote a study about the benefits and limitations of online dating. We spoke to Dr. Finkel from his office in Evanston, Ill. Here are edited excerpts of that conversation:
WSJ: People at midlife and beyond are the fastest-growing segment using Internet dating sites. Why is that?
DR. FINKEL: The stigma associated with Internet dating has subsided substantially, people are more Internet-savvy, and the sites are more user-friendly.
I also think it's worth noting that in 1900 the life expectancy was 47. Our life spans today are longer, and there has been a cultural shift toward people valuing fulfillment later in life. You see a larger percentage of people divorcing after their children leave the household. They say, "I'm 50 or 60, and I don't want to live the years left to me...