But even if more people are using online dating in Japan, they'll need to do better than a group photo or a picture of their cat to find love.
To add to that, a 2014 survey by the Japan Family Planning Association found that 49% of all respondents had not had sex in the past month, and 18% of men said they had no interest in sex at all.
"The Japanese are legitimately worried about running out of Japanese people," comedian Aziz Ansari writes in his new book, "Modern Romance," co-authored by sociologist Ansari notes that Japanese culture and the fear of being perceived as "charai" (or "a sleazy player") may explain why online dating hasn't exploded in Japan.
What Cronin was really getting to the heart of was a behavior that she’d been observing all around her on campus.
Cronin identified three groups of students in the college dating scene: people hooking up; couples partaking in codependent, pseudo-married relationships; and single people opting out of dating altogether.
Asking questions and fully engaging with the other person can open your mind to new ideas, introduce you to different ways of living, and help you understand the experiences that led you both to where you are today” Meg explains.