Podcast: Author Dan Slater on ‘Love in the Time of Algorithms’

By Devon Glenn 

Has social media rewritten the book of love? Today on the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog spoke to author Dan Slater about his new book, “Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating.”

Slater was 30 years old, single, and newly laid off from the Wall Street Journal when he decided to try online dating. “What I discovered was a common theme,” he said. “People seemed to be dating a lot more than they had in the past.”

His article on GQ about the origins of computer dating services led to a non-fiction book deal. Slater’s story balances the sociological and business sides of internet relationships, he said.

Explained the author: “Online dating is really just a niche in this larger world of Facebook, Twitter, Yelp…all these different social media sites that bring us all together.”

Press play below to hear more about the book, the ups and downs of internet dating, and tips for non-fiction writers on SoundCloud.

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Daily Newsfeed via email. The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. Music by Kevin MacLeod.