Dating playing it safe

Moving beyond dates, one quarter of online daters (23%) say that they themselves have entered into a marriage or long-term relationship with someone they met through a dating site or app.That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.

One guy’s doing a nice rhythm track, another one is doing a bass line, a third one is doing some nice synthesiser sounds...'And the last thing that happens is that someone is trying to write a melody on top of whatever is on there. Return to sender.'Asked about today’s pop songs, he added: 'There’s not much to remember. 'All of a sudden, you hear a good Adele number, you hear Lady Gaga… When Andersson occasionally goes on to Spotify to listen to the British Top Ten, he finds himself struggling to understand their popularity: 'I listen to that and I say, what’s going on here? What is it that so many people like that it ends up in the top ten charts? If I don’t understand it, I can’t really analyse it.'He exudes modesty, blaming himself instead: 'It’s probably me that’s not really up to it. 'Once it’s released, it sort of becomes your property not ours….

As one quarter of Swedish supergroup Abba, he revolutionised pop music in the 1970s, with the band's songs featuring prominently in 2008 smash film Mamma Mia! Iconic: The Waterloo hitmaker, 70, said although he was thrilled by the production, he also would have liked to create something completely different: 'Universal Pictures have a great success with Mamma Mia! Their extraordinary string of mega-hits includes Mamma Mia, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You and Take a Chance on Me. He likens it to 'playing an autobiography without words'.

But Benny Andersson has slammed plans for the Mamma Mia! He argues that creativity is now being stifled because music is composed 'by committee', resulting in unmemorable songs topping the charts. Titled ‘Piano’, and released this month by prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, it includes songs from ABBA and his hit musical Chess, among other solo compositions.

Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.

And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.

Leave a Reply