Several years ago, when 32-year-old Catherine Langford heard the words "online dating," she thought, "Losers do this kind of thing." Today, the clinical psychologist has been dating her boyfriend, a pastor she met on e Harmony, for over 19 months.The fact is that more and more of today's romantic relationships start online.Afterward, both men and women indicate to the sponsor if they would be interested in seeing any of the others again. That is expected, but Finkel and Eastwick had a novel theory about why.If two “yeses” match up, they get phone numbers and that’s it. Perhaps it could be explained by the simple convention of men standing and approaching—and women sitting passively.
Having men behave more like women and women more like men appears to narrow at least this one gap between the sexes.Sites for every possible Christian subgroup, from Sovereign Grace Singles to Menno Meet, have popped up like mushrooms.While concerns about online dating do surface, many now view Internet dating as simply another venue in which to find a marriage partner.They also rated their own sense of self-confidence on the date.After all the brief dates were over, they decided thumbs up or thumbs down for each candidate. As reported in the October 2009 issue of , the well-known gender difference vanished when men and women assumed more egalitarian roles—when women made the rounds and men sat, both sexes were equally choosy.This finding is not a complete reversal of the old rule, however; the seated men were not choosier than the traveling women, the way seated women are choosier than men in the traditional speed-dating setup.