If you think about it, I think that’s what it really is. I mean, it’s two people that would have normally probably never met, coming together for a common stated purpose (hey lets see if there’s anything to this), and committing to try their hardest to make it work.
It doesn’t surprise me that 1/3 of the marriages that happen in the US started from couples meeting online. You know what you want, go and find other people who want the same thing (and instead of caste or last name, prospects are filtered by common interests and life goals)
And although online dating has the walk out clause (unlike arranged marriage) maybe you get the same benefits. Maybe this is the new way to meet really great people who you try to make it work with, but for some reason or other, it just doesn’t work out. No fault of either party.
Maybe this is a way to continue filling my favorite BFF category from college: The “I Love You, But I Could Never Date You” category
As you get older, maybe this is the new way just to meet your new best friends.
Some food for thought