When Searching for Love, Is Online Dating the Place to Look?

BY Christina Bellantoni  February 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM EDT


For a special Valentine’s Day segment, NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni talked with Daily-Download.com’s Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz about sites like Match.com, eHarmony and OK Cupid, and what we can learn about online dating and finding love.

Can math lead you to love? In a world where we’re all too busy to meet new people, let alone cultivate a relationship, is it a good thing that online dating sites are basically one giant database filtering us together via our common interests?

These are some of the questions being explored in a new book by Amy Webb, founder of Spark Camp.

There have been a ton of great pieces about Webb’s “Data: A Love Story,” but the Wall Street Journal’s take is among the best. Another in the Guardian is a Q-and-A where Webb details the basic tips for a successful profile.

And Dan Slater’s “Love in the Time of Algorithms” examines how to use marketing techniques to best lure a mate.

So, what do you think? Is a short profile the magic formula for love? How honest should you be when engaging in online dating? Are the apps with GPS “creepy,” as Ashburn suggests, or do they make finding love easy? Consider the comment section an open thread for discussion.

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