This shortage of men with a college degree is reflected in the world of online dating.Even though there are more men on online dating sites, landing a man with a proper education can be hard still.But as I continued browsing through my guy's extensive, factoid-heavy book collection, I realized that there were statistics confirming just about every dating phenomenon I'd ever experienced.So why not let the statistics guide you in your search for a lasting love?He told me it wasn’t that he minded she was overweight; he was upset by the fact that she lied to him.Some people feel posting inaccurate photos of themselves is the only way to get dates because people judge so heavily by appearance. But are those dates resulting in the relationship you were looking for? I’m just going to say it—filling out your online dating profile is a pain in the ass.If you had to come up with a single theory to explain his desultory love life, what would it be? His article in this month's Atlantic, "A Million First Dates," argues that online matchmaking services like OKCupid and e Harmony are so powerful that they are bound to infect us all with a collective case of romantic ADHD -- or, as he puts it, that "the rise of online dating will mean an overall decrease in commitment." The impulse to search for "an ever-more-compatible mate with the click of a mouse" will prove so intoxicating over the long term, he writes, that it could undermine the very notions of marriage and monogamy.Of course, online dating has been around for a while now.
In Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game he presents demographics related theories on why people marry less than before.But Slater doesn't offer up much hard evidence that monogamy is actually becoming passe in this country, other than to point out that divorce rates have increased -- an oversimplification of what's happened in the past few decades.Rather, he introduces us to Jacob, the pseudonymous thirty-something schlub I alluded to above.Birger writes that among college graduates in their twenties in the United States, for every four women, there are only three men.He used data from the American Community Survey and other sources for his number crunching.The odds were actually pretty good, he informed me.