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A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.
What’s more, many people who meet in the online sites that cater to hookups end up in long-term relationships.
This environment, mind you, is just like the one we see in the offline world.
I spoke with Rosenfeld to hear more about his research, to learn about the ways in which the rise of online dating is defining modern love, and to talk about the biggest misconceptions people have about online dating.
The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.
They are important today — roughly one of every four straight couples now meet on the Internet.