Every time we get an email or a “Like” we get a tiny surge of satisfying dopamine.

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An online dater and friend complains that the women he meets never live up to his expectations.

He says he would be happy, if only he could find the “perfect” woman – Ivy League educated and drop dead gorgeous.

A woman I work with says it isn’t difficult for her to meet potential partners online.

Her problem is that the minute they want to get serious she feels suffocated and immediately “ghosts” them.

According to the University of Chicago psychologist, John T.

Cacioppo, “more than one-third of couples who married in the United States from 2005 to 2012 met online,” which is another way of saying two thirds met offline.

Online dating encourages us to be obsessive People put an enormous amount of time and effort into writing the perfect profile and retouching photos.

There is even a cottage industry of freelance profile writers and photographers who will help for a fee.

Alexandra works with children, adults and couples with special interests in relationship issues, anxiety, depression and addictions. There is almost no opportunities for people to set up coffee dates in the "real world".