If your friends are no longer setting you up, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. (Check out these tips for taking a perfect pic every time).

The biggest changes have been brought by the $2.4 billion online-­dating industry, which has exploded in the past few years with the arrival of dozens of mobile apps.

Throw in the fact that people now get married later in life than ever before, turning their early 20s into a relentless hunt for more romantic options than previous generations could have ever imagined, and you have a recipe for romance gone haywire.

Where Bozos Are Studs Today, if you own a smartphone, you’re carrying a 24-7 singles bar in your pocket.

As of this writing, 38% of Americans who describe themselves as “single and looking” have used an online-­dating site.

These terms have been overused and should be deleted from your profile. Let your potential date know and you might be cheering on your favorite team together.5.

Don’t use the happy face or multiple exclamation points in your correspondence. Refresh your profile: Are you excited about your upcoming trip to Mexico? Respond quickly: If your dream date is writing to you, he or she is probably writing to many others. By the time you write back to him or her, you may be told that they’ve met someone they’ve decided to date exclusively. Proofread everything: We’ve all been burned by auto-correct when we’ve sent emails.I read dozens of studies about love, how people connect and why they do or don’t stay together.I quizzed the crowds at my stand-up comedy shows about their own love lives.He quickly deduced that she was the appropriate height (finally! First I texted four friends who travel and eat out a lot and whose judgment I trust. Finally I made my selection: Il Corvo, an Italian place that sounded amazing. (It only served lunch.) At that point I had run out of time because I had a show to do, so I ended up making a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich on the bus.I checked the website Eater for its Heat Map, which includes new, tasty restaurants in the city. The stunning fact remained: it was quicker for my dad to find a wife than it is for me to decide where to eat dinner. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.