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Love in the Time of Algorithms

What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating

Slater, Dan

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
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A third of America's 90 million singles are turning to dating Web sites. Slater shows how online dating is changing society in more profound ways than we imagine, altering our perception of what's possible, reconditioning our feelings about commitment, and challenging the traditional paradigm of adult life. Can commitment thrive in a world of unlimited choice? Dating sites capitalize on our quest for love, but how do their creators' ideas about profits, morality, and the nature of desire shape the virtual worlds they've created for us? Chronicles the lesser-known story behind the rise of online dating while assessing the impact of technology on modern relationships, exploring how profit-minded online dating services are enabling the identification of compatible mates while altering perceptions about the nature of stability and commitment.
Publisher: New York : Current, 2013
ISBN: 1591845319
9781591845317
Branch Call Number: 306.73 S631L
HQ801.82 .S58 2013
Characteristics: xii, 255 p. ; 24 cm

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Jan 28, 2013
  • Funktron rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Slater attempts to put meaning to the new era dating scene taking place on the Internet stage. He does a good job of tactfully retracing the history of the "industry," and provides a little insight into the successes (and tribulations) experienced by the "customers," but falls short of finding any kind of conclusive imperative on the implications for society. Basically, if you're wanting a business-oriented history lesson on a few dating-focused Internet ideas, this is the book for you. If you're wanting a deep sociological analysis of the decision to meet and date people online, you're better off just asking people who use the sites you're curious about (or better yet: trying them yourself).

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