Andrew Norton’s recent post about Facebook* reminded me of something I noticed in the US: the complete acceptance of internet dating.Â Last month, weÂ learned on two occasions of friends who have gotten married to people they met online (one on Match, the other on Friendster). And in New York, my single female friends don’t seem at all concerned about the lemons problem that seemed to plague online dating some years ago. They have careful ways of sorting out the oddballs (several emails, one phonecall, first date in a public place), and are much happier with what they find online than elsewhere.
All of which makes me wonder two things:
- Will the divorce rate from eMarriages be lower or higher than average?
- What willÂ the market share of internetÂ marriagesÂ be by the time my son is of dating age, in the 2030s?
* FWIW, I’ve been a user for some time (it used to be restricted to those with email addresses at US universities), and am quite a fan. Particularly after Joshua Gans’ recent identity theft problem, there’s quite a bit ofÂ personal information that I’m happy to put on Facebook, but wouldn’t post on my blog.