Breaking the Heart Into Bits: A Future Tense Event in NYC on Online Dating

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Feb. 10 2014 6:18 PM

Breaking the Heart Into Bits: A Future Tense Event in NYC on Online Dating  

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Do smartphones and other technologies hold the key to love?

Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

In 2013, 1 in 10 Americans used a dating website or app. While looking for love online is a relatively recent phenomenon, it’s given us the first hard statistics on the dating habits and idiosyncrasies of modern Americans. For instance, one site, OkCupid, crunched the numbers and discovered that users who tweeted frequently were more likely to have short romantic relationships. And a 2011 study showed that people would rather say “I’m fat” than “I’m a conservative” on their dating profiles.

But does all this data really make love more attainable? Can there ever be a fool-proof algorithm for love? On Thursday, Feb. 20, Slate staff writer Will Oremus will join Amy Webb, author of Data, a Love Story, and Aaron Schildkrout, co-founder of HowAboutWe.com, for a conversation about love and dating in our highly digitized times. The conversation will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at New America NYC. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

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