Other words for online dating

06 Nov

(This one, for the record, looked at marriages and other long-term relationships; if you’re not looking to tie the knot, its conclusions aren’t for you.) Then there’s a sort of secondary issue in how we define a site’s actual function, because despite the marketing hype, that isn’t clear.

Most paid sites claim, for instance, that it’s their highly scientific matching algorithms that lead people to serious relationships; in his 2013 book on the subject, however, the journalist Dan Slater concludes that most of those claims are bunk.

Soz, girl, but it sounds like you’re being “stashed.” First coined by Ellen Scott of , “stashing” occurs when the person you’re dating doesn’t really acknowledge your relationship in a public way.

In fact, this latest proclamation on the state of modern love joins a 2010 study that found more couples meet online than at schools, bars or parties.

And a 2012 study that found dating site algorithms aren’t effective.

If we parsed their fates according to the exact venue in which they met, or any other number of arbitrary factors, we would probably turn up the same kind of confusing, self-contradicting results that research into online dating perennially seems to.

But those contradictions wouldn’t be blamed on the Internet — we’d credit the vagaries of the human heart.