I've found, however, that people’s basic dating instincts have remained unchanged.
MEN VALUE PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESSResearch indicates that both men and women value a wide variety of characteristics including warmth, kindness, intelligence, and a sense of humour.
But if technology continues to speed up the rate at which information is transmitted, increasingly powerful apps could grant access to larger numbers of potential partners, filtered through whatever criteria people so desire.
Relationships may become yet more temporary and less stable.
Statistics on Marriages and Divorces for 2016 released by Singstat showed a 1.2 per cent decline in the number of marriages and a 1.2 per cent increase in the number of divorces from the year before.
The median duration of marriages that end up in divorce is 10 years, and 29.9 per cent of divorces involved marriages that lasted between five to nine years.
As far as dating is concerned, people will tend to retain these same preferences for a partner.
Importantly, because evolutionary change usually takes place over the course of hundreds of generations, our mindsets have not had enough time to adapt to the unprecedentedly rapid technologically-induced changes that have occurred in recent times.
In essence, we are processing very new environments and inputs with rather “ancient mental software”.
Thus, there is less evolutionary pressure for women to identify fertile mates.
Where men vary widely, however, is in their ability to acquire and provide resources.