In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.
Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.
In the Bible, Abraham sends the loyal servant Eliezer to find a suitable wife for his son Isaac, who, at 40, isn’t getting any younger.
Eliezer sets out for Mesopotamia; he returns with the young and virtuous Rebekah, who becomes Isaac’s bride.
And where is the incentive to work through relationship difficulty when it’s so easy to access alternatives?A new book by journalist Dan Slater, , argues that something momentous and irreversible has happened to modern-day dating and relationships.Slater says it heralds a shift akin in significance to the sexual revolution.But as dating-through-device becomes a primary medium for romance, it seems likely that our end goal—traditionally commitment, and often marriage—will also change.Online dating has already altered our romantic psyche—most significantly by assuring us that new options are always waiting.