Dating online went from a taboo topic spoken of in hushed tones, to the status quo among colleagues and friends.
Apps like Tindr and Grindr and websites like match.com and Plenty of Fish are a regular visit for singletons everywhere.
And the normalisation of this method of meeting new people for romantic encounters (or casual sex,) means that we all now have access to a much larger pool of potential partners.
Because of ths, we might be lowering our standards just a tad…
A study by University of Queensland and RSVP looked at the dating behaviours of more than 41,000 Australians aged between 18 and 80 over a period four months using dating websites and apps.
The research revealed that, as people get older, they are less inclined to be picky about contacting a potential partner online that matches, or exceeds their intellect.
Behavioural economist Stephen Whyte said:
Selecting a mate can be one of the largest psychological and economic decisions a person can make and has long been the subject of social science research across a range of disciplines, all of which acknowledge one phenomenon: positive assortative mating behaviour (homogamy).
Not only that, but one third of initial messages sent on dating websites didn’t match their person’s listed criteria when looking for a partner – like physical and even personality preferences.