WSJ - July 1 - Almost all the traditional ways of meeting people are in decline: friends, school, church, neighborhood. The proportion of heterosexual couples meeting through friends, for example, dropped from nearly 40% in the mid-1980s to below 30% in 2010. From the mid-1990s to 2010, the proportion of couples who’d met online rose from zero to over 20%. Homosexual couples who met online rising to 60% by 2010. Source: “Searching for a Mate: The Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary,” Michael J. Rosenfeld and Reuben J. Thomas, American Sociological Review.
by Christopher Shea
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