The goal of their review was to evaluate whether online dating was 1) fundamentally different from face-to-face dating and 2) was superior.
Results of their assessment indicated that dating online was indeed different from "traditional" dating in a number of ways.
So, such computer-mediated communication may have an artificial and unemotional quality.
Clearly, the features of online dating have both costs and benefits.
Fortunately, the psychological research just happens to have such an analysis.
Finkel and associates (2012) put together an extremely comprehensive review of the literature investigating various aspects of online dating.
Such matching can help guide individuals toward dating partners who may be more compatible.
Generally, a few short emails or quick conversations will suffice.For the busy professional, or the safety-conscious, such communication is an excellent way to "test" potential partners.Cons: Communication through computers is lacking some of the information provided in face-to-face interaction.This is especially true for individuals interested in partners of a particular type, orientation, lifestyle, or in isolated areas.Cons: The choices of partners can become confusing and overwhelming.In addition, people may present differently in person or change over time.