Love in the Time of Algorithms

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"Slater considers all these issues in an intelligent, edgy, thought-provoking way. His book is worth at least a speed date.""--""Washington"" Post Books" "In 'Love in the Time of Algorithms' journalist Dan Slater has dug in manfully to explain how technology is transforming how we meet and fall in love.""--The Wall Street Journal" "Slater's account of the history of the cyber dating industry--from ginormous clunky old computers to modern complex algorithms--is well detailed.""--The Financial Times" "From the hilariously awkward beginings of Harvard's computer-dating industry to the groovy Miami parties of the profession today, Slater expertly leads us through the biggest reshuffle in courtship in our lifetime (from here, the '60s and '70s look like Jane Austen).An astute investigation of the way technology may have remade the most important aspect of existence: love."--VANESSA GRIGORIADIS, contributing editor, "New York Magazine" "One in five relationships now starts in front of a computer. But how did we get here? Dan Slater gives us a peek into the quirky minds of the dating executives who built the industry and the lives of those who have been forever transformed by the online-dating revolution. As one of those execs, I thought I knew the story. But with humor and fresh insight, Slater will change the way you think about love in a digital world."--SAM YAGAN, cofounder and CEO, OkCupid" " "An irresistible read that details the efforts of computer scientists and entrepreneurs to solve the oldest of life's challenges: finding the right life partner. Neither a slam nor cel-ebration of online dating, Slater's book makes it clear that mate finding really has changed forever, and like it or not, we're probably not going back."--TIM WU, author of "The Master Switch" ""Love in the Time of Algorithms "is a fascinating romp through the world of online dating. The book is packed with anecdotes about how people are adapting (or not) to love on the Internet, but Slater also asks the big questions: Can science predict love? And what does the abundance of choice unleashed by dating sites mean for the future of relationships?"--BETHANY McLEAN, coauthor of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" "Like pretty much every other commodity in a digitally enhanced world, romance is now in abundance. But, as Slater deftly and entertainingly demonstrates, relegating love to the logic of algorithms changes not only who we end up with, but how we think about mating, relationships, human volition, and even fate."--DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, author of "Life Inc. "and "Present Shock" "WTF is up with online dating and the prevalence of technology in our love lives?! In this artful examination of our techno-romantic universe, Dan Slater offers an eye-opening look at the ways our very own behaviors and desires have been forever changed."--JESSICA MASSA and REBECCA WIEGAND, cocreators of The Gaggle & WTF Is Up With My Love Life?!

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The online-dating industry now serves millions and millions of singles worldwide. Once considered the realm of the lonely and desperate, this phenomenon has been embraced by every demographic. Dan Slater tells the remarkable story of how online dating is spurring on a new kind of sexual revolution. Thanks to the efficiency of the Internet, compatible mates are no longer a scarce commodity. Efficiency and control are altering our perception of what's possible in our personal lives and reconditioning our feelings about stability and commitment. Blending history, psychology and interviews with site creators and users, Slater takes readers behind the scenes of a fascinating business. Dating sites like Match and Plenty of Fish capitalise on our quest for love. But how do their creators' ideas about profits, morality and the nature of desire shape the virtual worlds they've created for us and the relationships we engage in offline?

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