A recent NYTimes article by Alex Williams (1.11.2013) lamenting the end of courtship in this new internet culture has triggered a huge amount of media attention and reaction. In today’s paper, columnist Frank Bruni urges us not to panic — but rather to pause a moment and “return to a halcyon world of agrarian ways and contemplate the unflustered situation of a fertile lass on the cusp of womanhood centuries ago.”
The search for love is on…. online. In October of 2011, the major dating sites had more than than 593 million (!!) visits in the United States, according to the Internet tracking firm Experian Hitwise. Of the romantic partnerships formed in the United States between 2007 and 2009, 21 percent of heterosexual couples and 61 percent of same-sex couples met online, according to a study by Michael J. Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford.