“They be called ‘introducing services.’ They enable you to go out and go and meet the person yourself.”What about those search algorithms?
When researchers analyzed characteristics of couples who’d met on Ok Cupid, they discovered that one-third had matching answers on three surprisingly important questions: “Do you like horror movies?
As Christian Rudder, an Ok Cupid co-founder, tells it, women who were rated very attractive were unlikely to respond to men rated less attractive.
” “Have you ever traveled around another country alone?
” and “Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?
Some of what we learned was pretty weird: Men who look away and don’t smile do better than those who do; women holding animals don’t do well, but men holding animals do.
Men did better when shown engaging in an interesting activity.
PICTURE PERFECT People put a huge amount of time into writing the perfect profile, but does all that effort pay off? It offered the minimal information people needed to have an in-person meeting.
No lengthy profile, no back-and-forth chat, just a blurred photo.TOO MANY OPTIONS As research by Barry Schwartz and other psychologists has shown, having more options not only makes it harder to choose something, but also may make us less satisfied with our choices, because we can’t help wonder whether we erred.Consider a study by the Columbia University psychologist Sheena S. She set up a table at an upscale food store and offered shoppers samples of jams.Are you trying to find a guy whose favorite book is “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and whose favorite sport is lacrosse?You’re just a few clicks away from this dream dude. Scientists working with found that the kind of partner people said they wanted often didn’t match up with what they were actually interested in.TOO MUCH FILTERING The Internet offers a seemingly endless supply of people who are single and looking to date, as well as tools to filter and find exactly what you’re looking for.