Social network vs online dating
Social media platforms enable you to create and engage communities online.
Growing by attraction, these communities connect ever greater numbers of like-minded people who share opinions, ideas, and information of interest with one another.
But it's clear that the digital revolution hasn't only been shaped by the human appetite for sex and companionship; it's changed the way we form relationships.
Economists Josue Ortega from the University of Essex and Philipp Hergovich from the University of Vienna wanted to know just how the rise of digital match-making has affected the nature of society.
Your surveys can be embedded directly on Facebook, or shared as a link on Twitter, Linked In, Foursquare, Google Plus and in an email.
It's nice to have some evidence that the relationships we make online are also breaking down boundaries and making for stronger connections.
Society can be modelled as a web of interlinked nodes, where individuals are the node and the link describes how well they know one another.
Most people are tightly connected with about a hundred nodes, including close friends and family, and loosely connected with others.
It wasn't all that long ago that most relationships would begin with a smile and a handshake, rather than a click or a swipe.
That began to change in the mid-1990s, when websites like merged traditional lonely-heart classifieds with the convenience of the internet.