In the Bible, Abraham sends the loyal servant Eliezer to find a suitable wife for his son Isaac, who, at 40, isn’t getting any younger.
Eliezer sets out for Mesopotamia; he returns with the young and virtuous Rebekah, who becomes Isaac’s bride.
Online dating sites offer a panacea: a soulmate whose interests, background and disposition are congruent with ours.
A quarter of all Canadians have tried Internet dating, and 16 per cent have had sex with someone they met online.
Slater doesn’t think that online dating will necessarily destroy monogamy, but he does think that monogamy will change and become more transient.
“The bar for what people consider to be a good relationship will go up,” he predicts.
At a press launch, Facebook reps showed off the new product, explaining that it could be used to search for restaurants, or for job recruiting.
At one point, a Facebook employee stood to demonstrate a search for “friends of my friends who are single and living in San Francisco.” And that’s when Facebook entered the online dating game, doing away with what was, until now, a fragile divide between quotidian online activity and the act of browsing for potential mates.