Future trends in online dating

People will always want to be matched and ultimately form relationships with like-minded people in the most efficient way possible. "By 2040 we estimate that 70 per cent of couples will get together online, with technology revolutionising the way we find love and build our relationships," said e Harmony UK country manager, Romain Bertrand.

"From making matches between singles even more accurate based on deep learning of our behaviour, to streamlining the dating process so it’s less time consuming, and even helping couples to enhance their relationships with artificial intelligence, finding the right person will be easier than ever.” Here are some of the ways that advances in science and consumer technology will redfine the dating world over the next 25 years: The report predicts that, in just 25 years, the rate at which data can be shared will be so fast that all five human senses could be digitally simulated to create a full-sensory virtual reality.

It would have the benefit of opening up a global dating pool of people to meet, and redefining what people consider to be a "long distance" relationship.

And with advances in wearable technology, they would be able to tap into this VR experience from wherever they wanted.

These developments will save singles time and energy, deliver more accurate matches, and even provide insight and real-time assistance.

Technology has already transformed the dating world, with matchmaking websites allowing people to scope out potential partners before they meet, and apps like Tinder and Happn pairing people based on location.

But how will this technological intervention into our romantic affairs play out in the future?

While on a date, singles would be able to receive information on their surroundings and actions, such as how well topics of conversation are being received, and an appropriate course of action.

For couples, this data could help improve their relationship by identifying issues and resolutions, and even calculating the optimum time for life milestones, such as when, or if, to get married or have children.

As well as enhancing the date experience, improved connectivity and artificial intelligence will allow for greater "deep learning" by processing of vast amounts of highly complex data from multiple sources.

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