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These sites can serve as a way to practice those skills and build up self-confidence, too.

“[Sites like] Ok Cupid give people a mechanism to combat the anxiety of being single,” said Ana B., 24 of New York City.

But even if algorithms aren’t the answer, there’s no doubt that online dating has led to successful relationships — my own included.

The question is: Are those first dates and relationships really any different from connections made in more traditional ways? Even though the number of budding Internet relationships is increasing, the overall rate of partnership is not increasing at all.

There’s just a disconnect between what social science says is actually possible, and what the sites say they can do,” said Slater.Plus, many big sites have been hesitant to allow independent researchers to look at their matching algorithms in depth.