Online dating has had a side effect no one saw coming

Online dating has had a side effect no one saw coming
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Dating apps haven't ruined happy marriages or our ability to commit, according to The Atlantic.

But experts say online dating has a perhaps unexpected side effect: It may make it easier to leave an unfulfilling relationship.

Instead of deliberately going to a bar and looking for someone else, you can convince yourself that you're just playing around on the app.

I recently read an article in The Atlantic, about the way dating apps have (and haven't) revolutionized love in the last half-decade.
Author Ashley Fetters cites two expert opinions on a hotly contested topic: whether online dating has ruined long-term love. Both suspect it has not. That's because, once you're in a happy relationship, you tend to become less interested in other potential partners, even if they're only a swipe away in your pocket.
But online dating has, one expert suggested, made it easier to leave unhappy relationships. According to Eli Finkel, a psychologist at Northwestern University and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage," there was a time when, if you wanted to meet someone else, you'd have to get dressed up and go to a bar.
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