In the past people met others through school, work, church, via friends, or at other social functions and gathering places such as bars.

Modern technological advances such as the Internet, smart phones, and social media have significantly altered the traditional dating patterns within countries such as the United States (Couch & Liamputtong, 2008).

One person may be invested in developing a relationship, while the other is not.

In fact if this increased pool of potential partners was an advantage that would produce more quality or compatible potential relationships one could expect to see a decline in overall divorce rates, since dating is still viewed as a stepping stone to a more permanent relationship; however, this has not been the case (see Brown & Lin, 2012; Mc Dermott, Fowler, & Christakis, 2013).

It is not uncommon for people to lie about their relationship status, post pictures that are not current, not be forthcoming about their work status, etc.

Casual relationships are much easier to find as a result of Internet dating services and this may result in a lowered overall quality of relationships as well (Slater, 2013).

The obvious advantage to this phenomenon is that one's potential dating pool is expanded exponentially and in theory this makes it easier for a person to find someone who is compatible with them or has certain desired characteristics.

The downside to having access to this expanded pool of potential dating/romantic partners is that it can potentially result in a type of partner shopping where an individual communicates and perhaps even dates one or more other people but is not committed to maintaining any type of long-term relationship with that person.

Some have suggested that technological changes influencing the dating process are at least partially responsible for a rise in divorce rates in recent years and a higher percentage of people who are not getting remarried following a divorce (Brown & Lin, 2012).

Moreover technological innovations have resulted in infidelity becoming easier for many people in relationships and there is the potential for less accuracy to be reported in Internet dating profiles (Slater, 2013).

Many individuals simply make up a persona and lie about their marital status or their relationship status.

Some researchers have reported that only a very small percentage of the profiles on dating sites are fully accurate (Nelson, 2012; Slater, 2013).

Every culture has particular patterns that generally indicate where people might meet, whether the man asks the woman or out first or vice versa, who pays for the expenses, whether kissing is allowed or not on the first day, and so forth (Slater, 2013).