What Will Online Dating Look Like In The Future?

Matt Lillywhite

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I used to believe that two people couldn’t fall in love until they’d met each other in the real world.

I thought that I could never enter a relationship without meeting someone, going on multiple dates, and slowly beginning the process of falling in love.

I was wrong.

Research shows that online dating is the most common way for couples to meet. So naturally, a large percentage of us are meeting our ideal partner because an algorithm from a dating site deemed us to be a great match.

Right? We can ask for someone with blue eyes, dark hair, and a passion for reading that lives within a 30-mile radius. And within a short period, we’re able to pick & choose from a selection of potential matches that meet our specific criteria.

If you’re wondering where the future of online dating is heading, you’re not alone. Because with advancements in artificial intelligence, technology inevitably will enhance every aspect of our lives.

Which is why now is the perfect time to discover the ways that dating is evolving & how it will help you to find your ideal partner in the future.

Algorithms Will Understand Your Dating Preferences.

Research has shown that dating apps are becoming increasingly proficient at understanding user preferences to find suitable partners. Quoting an interview published in Mashable:

“People, a lot of times, don’t know what they want. They may say they want certain things, but they don’t actually want that,” Kang said. Better machine-learning could tailor your matches to your actions, rather than your stated desires.”

Throughout the day, it’s easy for our mood to change, and consequently, for our dating preferences to have slight variances. After all, it’s probable that you’ll be more receptive to different types of people on dating apps if you’re in a good mood.

In the future, machine learning will likely allow algorithms to understand your preferences & find suitable matches based on your daily actions. For example, if your location data shows that you go on daily walks, algorithms could match you with people in your vicinity that have similar habits.

Instead of focusing on attraction to find a partner online, algorithms will have a greater focus on compatibility, which will increase your chances of finding your ideal spouse.

We’ll Go On Virtual Reality Dates.

If you have an interest in technology, it’ll come as no surprise to learn that virtual reality dates are slowly becoming a reality around the world. Although it’s currently a work in progress, advances in technology will eventually allow us to go on realistic dates in virtual reality.

As an example, if you’re in a long-distance relationship with your partner, virtual reality would enable you to experience being together as if you were together in the real-world.

Similarly, you’d be able to go on dates with to beautiful destinations such as the Eiffel Tower or Niagara Falls without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

So if you can’t travel to see your partner or want to visit beautiful destinations with someone you love, virtual reality could be the key to unlocking an incredible dating life.

Language Barriers Will Be Eliminated.

With only 20% of the world’s population able to speak English, there’s a limited number of people around the world that we can prospectively date. For example, it’s challenging to enter a relationship with someone if you can’t understand what each other is saying.

Fortunately, technology already provides solutions in the form of instant translation devices that can be used without an internet connection. As quoted in the New York Times, “New translation devices are getting closer to replicating the fantasy of the Babel fish, which in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” sits in one’s ear and instantly translates any foreign language into the user’s own.

So it’s inevitable that we’ll someday have the ability to visit different countries, and potentially fall in love with a local, without being able to speak each other’s native language.

Maya Angelou said it best: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

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