Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.
"There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
Once the sole preserve of people who exist entirely on the internet for one reason or another, it has steadily and stealthily infiltrated the lives of Normal People.
No longer are your recommended matches likely to be living in their parent’s basement at 42, nor do most of them have a profile picture that’s an awkwardly posed topless selfie in the bathroom mirror, socks visibly pulled up towards greying underwear.