Many men and women in the United States no longer seek out their soul mate through friends. They are now giving preference to online dating. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
American scientists learned how compatriots met with representatives of the opposite sex from the end of World War II to 2017.
Since at least the 1950s, Americans have preferred to meet a potential romantic partner in a common company: through friends, relatives, and acquaintances. So, it was easier for strangers to find a common language in the future and get rid of the primary awkwardness.
However, since the mid-1990s, this method gradually began to recede into the background. It was replaced by online dating. For example, in 2012, the Tinder application appeared, in which more than 10 million Internet users signed up two years later.
Dating in bars and restaurants held the same level from the 1970s to the mid-2000s. After this period of time, they became quite popular again. But Americans, on the contrary, refused to meet at work.
The authors of the material followed the development of the trend among heterosexual couples in the United States.