Catfish: Ashley & Mike

Ashley & Mike

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What They Thought: Mike thought Ashley was thin because she would send him altered photos. Ashley thought Mike was a completely different person!
The Truth: Mike & Ashley were both self-conscious about their weight, as they did not want to show their real selves to one another. It turned out if they were honest, they didn’t have to wait 7 years to meet.

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Effects of Online dating

As online dating becomes more prominent in society, we have more studies and experiments to give us data and information about the effects of online dating.

Online dating makes it much easier to find a partner. Due to the fact that it’s so easy to find a partner, relationships lose power. Dating has now become way more complicated and relationships have become flimsy and weak. Cheating seems to have been normalized thanks to social media outlets such as Instagram. You can find a new person to admire everyday from all over the world. It makes one greedy and can effect their perspective of the kind of people they want to date. At the same time however, online dating is also responsible for the normalization of cheating considering the fact that their are all forms of online dating apps such as “Tinder which is more of a social hook up app. Apps like these make it easy to form discrete sexual relationships with other people while maintaining a relationship.

Different kinds of relationships have been formed thanks to Online dating. An introverted person in an online relationship has a totally different personality in person. When they finally meet in person they can lose the shine and luster they seemed to have through texting and online communication. When people have a stronger relationship through online communication rather than face to face, it is called a Hyper personal relationship. Studies have shown that more than one third of U.S. marriages begin with online dating and these couples may be slightly happier than couples who met through more “Traditional” means. Although there are positives that come from online dating such as being exposed to a larger variety of people compared to your physical surroundings, there are still many negatives to online dating.

History of Online Dating

Online dating is known as the practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet, usually through use of a website. Match.com was the first online dating site established in 1995. As soon as 2002, 26.2 million people were registered. During the early stages of Match, the services were very simple and matched individuals based on the likes and dislikes of an individual’s profile. According to the U.S. News & World Report, nearly 40 million people use or have at least visited online dating websites. Online dating magazine states that there are approximately 2,500 online dating sites in the United States and more than 5,000 online dating services worldwide.

The use of mobile dating apps has helped increase the numbers behind online dating amongst individuals from the ages of 18-24. According to the PewResearchCenter, in 2013 only 5% of individuals from the ages of 18-24 reported to be using mobile dating apps. In 2016, there was a 17% increase as 22% of these young adults reported to be using some for of mobile dating apps. Some of the most popular mobile dating apps include Tinder, Happn, and Bumble. With the advancement in technology, it makes it easier for one to match with someone in your area.

Online dating has been said to be the foundation for long lasting relationships or even marriage. The PewResearch Center reports that 5% of Americans who are currently married or in a long-term partnership met their partner somewhere online. Among those who have been together for ten years or less, 11% met online. Along with these percentages, 120,000 marriages a year are reported to have occurred from the use of online dating.

 

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