The spoke to Turkle about her research and what it means for the Facebook generation.
The most dramatic change is our ability to be “elsewhere” at any point in time, to sidestep what is difficult, what is hard in a personal interaction and go to another place where it does not have to be dealt with.
This means that with only sixty people in a room, even though there are 365 possible birthdays, it is almost certain that two people have a birthday on the same day.
After making these preposterous assertions, Math then goes on to rationalize its claims by recruiting its bastard offspring: numbers and formulas.
But, I will say that the site is pretty easy to use and I didn't find any stalker types like I have on some other sites. It seems to be a very non-intimidating site with more real profiles than fake.
So I would recommend it to someone who is first starting out with online dating.
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