The book does not just use online dating as a model, though.
A growing number of young people are selling their bodies online to pay student loans, make the rent, or afford designer labels.
“And there are so many rent boys,” or young gay men who find sex-work opportunities on sites like Rent Boy, which was busted and shut down in 2015 by Homeland Security for facilitating prostitution.
The college student at our table recommends the ribs—she’s been here before, on “dates” with her “daddies.” “There are a lot of tech guys,” she says. I reject it when people say I’m oppressed by the patriarchy.“I’ve learned how to look like this, talk like this,” she says. She adds, “Their relationships are not my business.”She confesses she isn’t physically attracted to any of these men, but “what I’m looking for in this transaction is not sexual satisfaction. But I was held back because of the stigma if anyone finds out.”“What right does anyone have to judge you for anything you do with your body? The most surprising thing about Miranda’s story is how unsurprising it is to many of her peers.“I work hard at being this,” meaning someone who can charge 0 an hour for sex. “Almost all of my friends do some sort of sex work,” says Katie, 23, a visual artist in New York. It’s almost trendy to say you do it—or that you would.”“It’s become like a thing people say when they can’t make their rent,” says Jenna, 22, a New York video-game designer.Dating was now dominated by sites like Match.com, e Harmony, and Ok Cupid. It turns out that dating sites are no different than the markets Oyer h Conquering the dating market—from an economist’s point of view After more than twenty years, economist Paul Oyer found himself back on the dating scene—but what a difference a few years made.Dating was now dominated by sites like Match.com, e Harmony, and Ok Cupid. It turns out that dating sites are no different than the markets Oyer had spent a lifetime studying. Using a combination of basic economic principles, demographics, game theory, and number crunching, Jon Birger explains America’s curiously lopsided dating and marriage market among single, college-educated, looking-for-a-partner women.