But the downside is that unprecedented choice has created a disposable dating culture.
It’s leaving some people cynical, frustrated and thinking seriously about swapping the prospect of love for a German shepherd puppy.
“Singles can’t be bothered going to the effort of getting dressed up or investing in an open and enthusiastic attitude for another new date when the previous ones eventuated in disappointment.” Page says it’s not just disappointing when you finally meet someone; sometimes the other person doesn’t bother to show up.
“There was one guy, who was all excited to talk to me, and we were supposed to meet up one day and he didn’t even show up, even though we had spoken just hours earlier.
While this approach makes us feel productive, it is hard on our emotional lives. Get rid of some possessions rather than acquiring more. Since all of us are created uniquely, we each have different ways to rejuvenate ourselves. Do you pick yourself up after yet another promising start ends up with yet another unasked for d*ck pic? How heavy is your heart after the person you matched with, messaged with, met with – the person who got your hopes up after all those other dud dates – turns out to be another disappointment? So it’s little wonder that there is a group of people who are flying the white flag and developing what’s been dubbed “dating burnout” - a social ailment caused by repetitive disappointing dates. The 40-year-old from NSW has spent the past year dating online, but feels wrung out after forming emotional bonds with would-be suitors in the digital sphere, only to feel disappointed by the time they actually met. I get burned and I delete the app off my phone; it’s part of the dating cycle,” she explains.This can seep in by new date number five, she says, when daters drop their expectations.