MORE: Inside Tinder: Meet the Guys Who Turned Dating Into an Addiction “It was really, really astonishing, since [romantic relationships] aren’t the purpose of these sites,” he says of the data, which came from e Harmony, the online dating service.
Hall decided to investigate the connection, and learn more about who was meeting their significant other this way, and how well these marriages fared.
Of course, the data may also reflect more early social networking behavior than the way that people use the sites today.
While it dominated the early days of cyber connecting, for example, My Space was surpassed by Facebook in 2008 as the primary source of online interactions.
“It’s a good place to do some investigating and a good place to learn about people that doesn’t carry the self-presentational weight of creating an online dating profile.” The fact that most of the marriages were among African-Americans could reflect the fact that at the time the data were collected, between 20, African-Americans and Latinos were over-represented on social networking sites compared to their proportions in the general population.
Healthy self-esteem is a prerequisite for healthy relationships.
They know that they are good, competent, and lovable and trust that the right person for them will see this.
They don’t attach their worth to what a guy thinks and, as a result, don’t feel stressed and anxious when a guy’s feelings are unclear.
What the results do show is that we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss social networks as an important tool for finding love in the 21st century.
According to a Pew Research Center Internet Project poll, in 2013, 24% of internet users have flirted with someone online, compared to 15% in 2005.