Harvard study online dating
“It seems to me that you either have two extremes,” says Jacob D.
Roberts ’13-’14, an inactive Crimson News editor and former Ok Cupid user.
“It’s hard to actually meet people, especially in a community like Harvard, where everyone is so busy and no one stops to get to know each other,” says Jake, a gay freshman from California who has used Ok Cupid.
Jake was granted anonymity by The Crimson because he wanted to keep his sexual orientation private.
From 1999 to 2009, the percentage of couples who met online surged from 10.9 percent to 23.2 percent nationally, according to a study from the University of Rochester.
And the phenomenon is no longer limited to older adults: Over the past few years, websites such as Date My School and Ivy Date emerged as online dating sites specifically for college students.
Despite the wind and chill of a brutal winter day, Trujano radiates an easygoing warmth, with her wavy, highlighted hair perfectly coiffed, cheeks bright pink from the cold.
Trujano is one of an increasing number of college students who use online dating tools to enhance their sexual and romantic relationships.
A Stigmatized Practice Although the use of online dating tools is on the rise, there is still a significant social stigma attached to its use that prevents a meaningful dialogue on campus.
The stereotype of online daters as social recluses eating fast food as they hunch over a computer monitor and talk to strangers thousands of miles away still lingers in the public eye.
He continues, “Think about it: The only people on the Internet in 1993 were geeks....
If you were single in the 90s, you were cool, and you probably didn’t use the Internet or online date.” Additionally, there exists an expectation that finding a significant other should be relatively easy in a college environment, where one is constantly surrounded by one’s peers.