People used to marry in their early 20s, which meant that most dating that was done, or most courting that was done, was done with the intention of settling down right away.
The rise of phone apps and online dating websites gives people access to more potential partners than they could meet at work or in the neighborhood.This environment, mind you, is just like the one we see in the offline world.There’s no obvious pattern by which people who meet online are worse off. For people who have a hard time finding partners in their day-to-day, face-to-face life, the larger subset of potential partners online is a big advantage for them.(For gay couples, it's more like two out of every three).The apps have been surprisingly successful -- and in ways many people would not expect.
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