Last month, the BBC explained how love has changed over the years. Future spouses could be found living around the corner.Or at least in your part of town," the piece said, directing attention to a series of charts.Prioritizing personality over looks, covered the faces of the 20 bachelors one lucky woman was to choose from.The masks helped ensure that the bachelorette would make her decision based on internal beauty instead of relying on external attraction, but viewers never got to see who she picked because the show was cancelled after five episodes. Who knew she ventured into the world of romantic reality TV?It underscores the outsized role of friends, who historically have been and still are the likeliest avenue to eventual significant others.But Rosenfeld's data also says a lot about how much life has changed over the same period.
We've taken a moment to reflect on 17 of the niche romantic reality TV series that captured our hearts and captivated our minds (likely, for all the wrong reasons). Five women stood by as a conveyor belt of hot guys passed them (no, I'm not kidding).There was one about how close to one another people who ended up together used to live (the answer is very close).Another about how the average age at which people get married has evolved (it has, as you probably know, been creeping upwards for some time).Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.
It's a peak season for online dating, with the number of users usually swelling between New Year's Day and Valentine's Day.