January 3, 2013
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There’s certainly more complexity than that lurking within what was left out of Jacob’s story: how about changing gender norms a la Hanna Rosin’s End of Men? How about changes that arose in the recent difficult economic circumstances? How about changes in where marriage-age people live (say, living in a walkable core versus the exurbs)? How about the spikiness of American religious observance, as declining church attendance rates combine with evangelical fervor? How about changing cultural norms about childrearing and marriage? How about the increasing acceptance of homosexuality across the country, particularly in younger demographics?

All of these things could bring about changes in the likelihood of people to meet and stay in relationships. And none of them have much to do with online dating. Yet our story places all of the emphasis for Jacob’s drift on his desire to browse online dating profiles.

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Alexis Madrigal responds to the claim that online dating is threatening monogamy.

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