The singer and entertainer, Ilana Friedman, has met a few of the planet’s more undesirable people while using dating websites – such a large number in fact that the popular American singer has formed an entire live entertainment performance around her encounters, which she has called “Kissing Frogs.”
Once, Friedman met a thirty six year old through a dating website who had not told the truth about how old he was. She almost cancelled the date when he let her know earlier that he’d had a dream about her. The following day he sent her a text with an offensive photograph of his nude body.
“I don’t think there is any real value in online dating at all. It’s rather similar to staring into shop windows – fun at times, but not that useful,” said Friedman, “you will never be sure if a person you meet is going to be your true mate.”
Research teams have confirmed that romantic encounters and dating have moved into the digital age. It is now the second most common pathway to connect romantically. The most common is still by meeting up with people through friends.
But there are warnings that online dating has not yet been perfected – Internet dating is certainly not completely scientific, and those seeking partners should not bother wasting their time on dating sites that ask for a payment for their services, stated a spokesperson for The Journal of Psychological Science.
“Online dating has become part of mainstream culture, and it is fast removing any stigma that it once had attached,” remarked researchers from Rochester University.
The psychologists’ research discovered that few dating sites really explain how their methods actually work. The way people are matched using so called algorithms was a trade secret – but what was the real science involved?
“There is no underlying reason for individuals to make use of sites that ask for a lot of money if they are unlikely to bring good returns,” said the psychology professor at Rochester University.
However, he did say that online dating does offer the possibility to meet others.
He added that there is no issue with ruling out possible partners if they have antisocial habits, like smoking, or a dissimilar religious affiliation but apart from that, ticking off from a list takes away the charm that another individual could offer you.