Sunday February 14, 2016

Does online dating make it easier to find a compatible partner?

The influence of the dating app Tinder is having far reaches. "Swiping right" and "swiping left" have become common shorthand for accepting or rejecting someone. Has online dating become a part of your life?

The influence of the dating app Tinder is having far reaches. "Swiping right" and "swiping left" have become common shorthand for accepting or rejecting someone. Has online dating become a part of your life? (CBC)

Listen to Full Episode 1:53:03

‎Finding a perfect mate online can be click and miss. But studies suggest that a match made there is more likely to last than the old fashioned way. What do you think? With guest host Suhana Meharchand.

It may be freezing across much of the country but we've got a show that will warm your heart—love can do that. This episode revolves around the stories of the search for romance.

Great cynic, Oscar Wilde said, "Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. And second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience." But the truth is that many, if not most of us spend our lives either looking for or living with (some would say settling for) a life partner.

The Internet has certainly changed the way many of us look for and find our romantic others. Some studies even suggest relationships that begin online are more stable than those that start in a more traditional way, like meeting through friends, at a party, or in a bar.

Some research into online dating suggests younger people still defer commitment, much as they always have. While older people are quicker at making good matches online and getting married.

Our question: Is online dating the best way to find a mate? 

GUESTS

Marina Adshade
Professor of economics at the University of British Colombia. Dr. Adshade's first book, Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love, was published in the Spring of 2013.
Twitter: @dollarsandsex 

Jeff Hancock
Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University.
Twitter: @jeffhancock

Marian Morry
Professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba

Trevor Cole
Journalist and novelist, author of Hope Makes Love 
Twitter: @trevor_cole