I can also look at her "friends" guys that she accepts as friends on her profile. I suppose, for some, that that is the case; they relish playing a role, pulling wool over unsuspecting eyes.
If they're a bunch of scuz-bags, I know to stay away from her.
Rather than choosing whomever is available in physical proximity, they may be able to be more selective and identify potential partners who meet specific criteria.
While having more choices statistically increases the likelihood of identifying desirable partners, it bears noting that having too much choice can negatively affect daters’ mentality.
This is known as the similarity hypothesis, or the “birds of a feather flock together" effect.
However, this similarity was not shown to contribute to relationship satisfaction.
In a previous post I summarized statistics showing that online dating is not only prevalent, but also slightly more successful than offline dating in producing stable (i.e., less likely to result in divorce) and satisfying long-term romantic partnerships. There is no definitive research on this question, but we can certainly engage in some informed speculations.