The guy needs to assess the situation, weigh his odds, approach her and if not immediately rebuffed, he needs to impress her, entertain her and spend money on her. Then after all that, he may find out she wants someone taller, makes more money, etc. 3) Individual differences: age, motivation, and socio-economic status.
In a previous post I summarized statistics showing that online dating is not only prevalent, but also slightly more successful than offline dating in producing stable (i.e., less likely to result in divorce) and satisfying long-term romantic partnerships. There is no definitive research on this question, but we can certainly engage in some informed speculations.
Below, I will present a list of possibilities, and look forward to your thoughts and feedback! Dating companies such as EHarmony and Ok Cupid argue that their proprietary compatibility algorithms enable users to sift through undesirable matches and identify the suitable ones.
This being said, to rigorously test dating companies’ claims, the scientific community would need access to their exact compatibility algorithms, which we currently do not have. As discussed in my previous post, traditional dating is based on physical proximity, with individuals choosing partners with whom they intersect frequently in everyday life, such as at work or school.
This offline pool of partners is by definition restrictive.
It is possible that, at this age, people possess greater self-insight (i.e., they know themselves better) and have more defined and mature criteria for potential partners than their younger and less experienced selves.