Love technology and dating
Though Klinenberg accused her of being a shill for her client (causing the debate moderator to call a timeout and explain, “These aren’t…
cigarette people”), Fisher had science to back up her claims.
“The biggest problem is cognitive overload,” she said.
“The brain is not well built to choose between hundreds or thousands of alternatives.” The most we can handle is nine.
The side arguing that it was false — chief scientific advisor Helen Fisher and Ok Cupid vice president of engineering Tom Jacques — brought hard data.You could just turn notifications off, I thought, but what I said was “Wow! You don’t care about my Tinder stories and I don’t care about yours. What a considerate and logical thing to do.” Because, uh, what do I know about how anyone should behave? When love, lust, and all things in between come calling, dating apps appear to be the only way to meet new people and experience romance in 2019.They’re not of course, but social media and popular culture inundate us with messages about the importance of these seemingly easy and effective approaches to digital dating.
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We haven’t had these tools for long enough to have a clear idea of how we’re supposed to use them — what’s considerate, what’s kind, what’s logical, what’s cruel.