A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder.Or, hey, maybe it's that people look better when they aren't bundled up in an oversized turtleneck sweater.
I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.We know digital dating can be rugged, but the story that unfolded Monday night in Washington was next level. First woman in Justin Schweiger's six-date series in a single evening.Justin Schweiger set up at a bar in Washington with six – count ‘em: six! (@Lisette Pylant)Alexandra Woody, the fifth woman in Schweiger's six-date series.But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts."There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.