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I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.

The first girl, he said, was “a little too tall,” and the second girl was “a little too short.” Then he met my mom. Let’s look at how I do things, maybe with a slightly less important decision, like the time I had to pick where to eat dinner in Seattle when I was on tour last year.

People even let me into the private world of their phones to read their romantic texts aloud onstage.

I learned of the phenomenon of “good enough” marriage, a term social anthropologists use to describe marriages that were less about finding the perfect match than a suitable candidate whom the family approved of for the couple to embark on adulthood And along with the sociologist Eric Klinenberg, co-author of my new book, I conducted focus groups with hundreds of people across the country and around the world, grilling participants on the most intimate details of how they look for love and why they’ve had trouble finding it.

John Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex.

His books include Corporations, Classes, and Capitalism (1975), Who Rules Britain?

It’s not just my ­generation—boomers are as likely as college kids to give online dating a whirl.

Almost a quarter of online daters find a spouse or long-term partner that way. It provides you with a seemingly endless supply of people who are single and looking to date.

The question nagged at me—not least because of my own experiences watching promising relationships peter out over text message—so I set out on a mission.

This kind of rigor goes into a lot of my decisionmaking.

Whether it’s where I’m eating, where I’m traveling or, God forbid, something I’m buying, like a lot of people in my generation—those in their 20s and 30s—I feel compelled to do a ton of research to make sure I’m getting every option and then making the best choice.

(1991), Sociological Theory (1995), Power (2001), and Social Theory: Central Issues in Sociology (2005).

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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