Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?
Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.
Online dating services were a $2.1 billion industry in 2012 with at least 1,500 websites in the United States, according to Market
About 40 million people in the United States used at least one dating mobile application or website in 2012, according to Statistic Brain, which is a research company.
If the person is dramatically different (older, heavier) than their profile appears, you’ll know it when you meet for a date in person (and meeting in person also has the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of being “Catfished”).