Disruption in the Developing World

In his article in the January/February Atlantic, Dan Slater argues that online dating threatens commitment. The ease of finding new romantic partners on sites like OkCupid and Match.com, he believes, makes it difficult to settle on just one person. Slater writes, “What if the prospect of finding an ever-more-compatible mate with the click of a mouse means a future of relationship instability?” We asked a range of writers to provide their perspective on how online dating is—or isn’t—changing the way people form relationships today.


Forget Online Dating: Here's Something That Might Really Hurt Monogamy Wikimedia Commons

Forget Online Dating: Here's Something That Might Really Hurt Monogamy

Why worry about Match.com? Let's talk about about America's dearth of educated men.

The Lure of Online Dating Is Not, in Fact, Irresistible How About We

The Lure of Online Dating Is Not, in Fact, Irresistible

Why monogamy is probably safe, even in the face of appealing new technology

Most People I Know Date Online Because They Want Love, Not Sex New Line Cinema

Most People I Know Date Online Because They Want Love, Not Sex

Men and women alike go on Match.com and OkCupid to make real connections.

One Possible, Troubling Outcome of Online Dating: More Social Inequality ABC

One Possible, Troubling Outcome of Online Dating: More Social Inequality

White men are the most sought-after group on OkCupid, while black women are the least.

The Many Problems With Online Dating's Radical Efficiency MGM

The Many Problems With Online Dating's Radical Efficiency

It makes it too easy to find people, to ditch people, and most importantly, to date people who are similar to us.

Online Dating Makes Me Long for Commitment, Not Avoid It Warner Bros.

Online Dating Makes Me Long for Commitment, Not Avoid It

It's easy to meet people online, but it's much harder to form genuine connections.

There's No Evidence Online Dating Is Threatening Commitment or Marriage David Goldman/AP Images

There's No Evidence Online Dating Is Threatening Commitment or Marriage

One guy's commitment issues don't mean the end of monogamy for the country.