Digital match-making services have done more than just change how we find our perfect squeeze; they’re changing the fundamental nature of our social networks.According to a pair of researchers investigating online dating, the way we’re looking for love (and lust) is connecting communities in completely novel ways, breaking down boundaries and possibly even making for stronger long-term relationships.
The study is currently available online on the pre-publish website arxiv.com, so it has not completed its full peer-review process just yet.
It can often seem as if the online world reinforces our echo chambers and leads us to become more insular, especially when it comes to social media.
From Glasgow to London, dating is everywhere, from trains and buses to ATM queues.
You can now search for local singles anywhere from the comfort of your home, to high-street cafes, museums and Munros.
But it’s clear that the digital revolution hasn’t only been shaped by the human appetite for sex and companionship; it’s changed the way we form relationships.