**If any of this research sounds familiar to you, it may be because Kate Bolick reviewed some of it in "All the Single Ladies." My overall argument here is, of course, somewhat somewhat inspired by hers.

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He is also convinced that the constant temptations of online dating have kept him from settling down.

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It's possible that, for Jacob, signing up for really did change his outlook, rather than exacerbate personality traits that were already there.

But ultimately, I only want to illustrate how dicey it is to fixate on a single factor like the Internet when trying to explain something so complicated as the social-psychological mores that underpin love and dating, especially when there are other equally viable explanations waiting to be explored out there.

Other studies have had similar findings across cultures and time.

A look at immigrant communities in early 20th century America found that as the proportion of men on the market went up, so did marriage rates for both males and females. S., academics have found that female college students are less likely to have a boyfriend or go on traditional dates, and are more likely to have bad feelings about the men on campus, at schools that enroll disproportionate number of women.

But could the mere fact that Portland has thousands upon thousands of surplus, college educated women be enough to keep men like Jacob from settling down?

It's not meant to be a silly question--after all, much of this probably just comes down to personality.

Between then and 2011, you might notice, the national gap between young college educated men and women grew by 3 percentage points.

So it's likely the metro region data is understating the problem.

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Of course, online dating has been around for a while now.