The Online Dating Report


Has online dating made it easier to meet people and find long-term romance? Cristen and Caroline trace the fascinating history of people using technology to find love, romance in the mobile dating app era and whether Tinder and Grindr are threatening monogamy.

Episode sources:

"After Online Dating, Online Making Up" by Abby Ellen. March 10, 2014. The New York Times. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/after-online-dating-online-making-up/

"A Million First Dates" by Dan Slater. Jan. 02, 2013. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/a-million-first-dates/309195/

"A (Misanthropic ) Look At the Top Dating Apps" by Meghan Rowland. Refinery29. http://www.refinery29.com/best-dating-apps-for-women

"Dattch, The Dating App For Gay Women, Launches In San Francisco" by Mike Butcher. March 01, 2014. TechCrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/01/dattch-the-dating-app-for-gay-women-launches-in-san-francisco/

"How Grindr Is Changing the Way We Connect" by Jenna Wortham. March 10, 2013. The New York Times. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/how-grindr-is-changing-the-way-we-all-connect/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

"How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile, in 25 Infographics" by Caitlin Roper. Feb. 03, 2014. Wired. http://www.wired.com/design/2014/02/how-to-create-good-online-dating-profile/#slide-id-410231:full

"How to Make a Digital Love Connection" by Eric Griffith and Meredith Popolo. Feb. 14, 2014. PC Magazine. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400188,00.asp

"Online Dating." Oct. 21, 2013. Pew Research Internet Project. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/10/21/online-dating-2/

"Online Dating & Relationships" by Aaron Smith and Maeve Duggan. Oct. 21, 2013. Pew Research Internet Project. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/10/21/online-dating-relationships/

"Online Dating Doesn't Just Save You Time, It Saves You at Least $6,400" by David Stout. Feb. 25, 2014. TIME. http://time.com/9562/online-dating-saves-money/

"Overwhelmed and Creeped Out" by Ann Friedman. Feb. 27, 2013. The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/02/dating-app-for-women-that-isnt-awful.html

"Quantified Men: Tinder, Lulu and the Fallacy of Hot Dating Apps" by Elise Hu. Dec. 23, 2013. NPR. http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/12/23/256571277/quantified-men-tinder-lulu-and-fallacy-of-hot-dating-apps

"Rating Men on Lulu Isn't Empowering. It's Creepy." by Amanda Hess. Feb. 07, 2013. Slate. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/02/07/lulu_app_for_rating_men_it_s_just_as_creepy_as_rating_women.html

"There Is No Difference Between Online and 'Real-Life' Dating" by Maureen O'Connor. Oct. 22, 2013. New York. http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/10/we-all-date-online-whether-we-admit-it-or-not.html

"Tinder's trying to empower women -- but it isn't working" by Radhika Sanghani. March 16, 2014. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10698093/Tinders-trying-to-empower-women-but-it-isnt-working.html

"What Keeps Online Dating Segregated (and How to Fix It)" by Belinda Luscombe. Nov. 04, 2013. TIME. http://healthland.time.com/2013/11/04/hope-for-online-dating-study-shows-its-less-segregated/

"Why are straight men using lesbian dating sites?" by Joshua Hooper-Kay. May 08, 2013. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/10041976/Lesbian-online-dating-apps-Why-are-straight-men-posing-as-gay-women.html

Academic Insights:

"Online Dating: A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science" by Eli J. Finkel et al. January 2012. Psychological Science. http://psi.sagepub.com/content/13/1/3.full?ijkey=cK9EB6/4zQ0AM&keytype=ref&siteid=sppsi

Topics in this Podcast: dating, romance, Valentine's Day, tinder, hookups, online dating, apps