The World of Online Dating in 2015
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
In years gone by we had ‘Men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ and ‘The Rules’ to guide people through the mysteries of dating. This year we had the ‘36 questions that make you fall in love‘, Facebook‘s attempt to make breakups less painful and a survey that showed that deal breakers are more important than positive traits.
We also found out that millions of married people had joined a website which was specifically designed for those who wish to have an affair, but the less said about that the better!
The 36 questions
The 36 questions that make you fall in love is a set of probing questions that are designed to help two people to really get to know each other. The questions range from a rather light-hearted “who would you want as a dinner guest?”, through to deeply personal questions including “Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?”.
We understand the premise of the study, but would you really feel comfortable asking such intense questions on a first date and would you really want to find out so much in one go? Also, this many questions would make a date feel like an interview, rather than a relaxed way to get to know someone.
Instead of having to tell all of your friends in person that you’ve broken up with your partner, you can just change your Facebook status to ‘single’. However, you’re now tasked with taking down all the lovey dovey photos that you’re in with your ex.
An article in WIRED said that Facebook are trialling a new feature which allows you to automatically untag yourself from posts that include your ex and to remove their posts from your timeline.
Netflix and chill
Another internet giant, Netflix also became associated with dating this year as the term ‘Netflix and chill’ became a common phrase akin to ‘come back to mine for a coffee’. There are even lists of what to watch if you wish to ‘chill’ together. Although, probably the best thing is to watch something that neither of you is really interested in.
If you want to find out more about the deal breakers survey, we’ve covered that in a previous blog post.