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A Million First Dates: Solving the Puzzle of Online Datingby Dan Slater
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** Previously published in hardcover as Love in the Time of Algorithms **
Once considered the realm of the lonely and desperate, sites like eHarmony, Match, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish have been embraced by pretty much every demographic. Dating has been transformed from a daunting transaction based on scarcity to one in which the possibilities are almost endless. Now anyone can search for exactly what they want, connect with more people, and get more information about those people than ever before.
As journalist Dan Slater shows, online dating is changing society in more profound ways than we imagine. He explores how these new technologies, by altering our perception of whats possible, are reconditioning our feelings about commitment and challenging the traditional
paradigm of adult life.
Slater takes readers behind the scenes of a fascinating business. Dating sites capitalize on our quest for love, but how do their creators ideas about pro ts, morality, and the nature of desire shape the virtual worlds theyve created for us?
A third of Americas 90 million singles are turning to dating websites like eHarmony, Match, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish, now embraced by pretty much every demographic. Thanks to the increasingly efficient algorithms that power these sites, the possibilities are almost endless.
But the digital revolution is forcing us to ask new questions. Why should we settle for someone who falls short of our expectations if there are thousands of other options a click away? Can commitment thrive in a world of unlimited choice? Can chemistry really be quantified by math geeks?
Intelligent, edgy, thought-provoking.” —The Washington Post
About the Author
Dan Slater is a widely published author of journalism and creative nonfiction. A former legal affairs reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he is currently a contributor for Fast Company and has also written news and commentary for the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York magazine, and GQ.
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