They can’t imagine how they would’ve met without online dating. “But I don’t know how much e Harmony could have predicted of what we ultimately had in common.” Their daughter, Natalie, was born a year ago.
Trying to decide whether to delve into online dating? There is no doubt that the advances in technology in the last 20 years have changed society and culture.
This is especially good, the authors say, for those who might otherwise have a hard time meeting people — single parents, workaholics, those who are new in town, recently divorced or not heterosexual.
As one single man says in the report, “Where else can you go in a matter of 20 minutes, look at 200 women who are single and want to go on dates?
Finkel’s “second original sin” of online dating is the promotion of scientific algorithms for compatibility.
Some sites, such as e Harmony, match people based on similarities.
The nearly 200-page report, published Monday in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, found that the main advantage that dating Web sites offer singles is access to a huge pool of potential partners.
“The problem is that the way online dating is implemented undermines some amount of its goodness.” People have always needed help looking for love.
Four years ago Sunday, Andrew Martin and Julie Ciamporcero Avetta were matched on e Harmony.
Others, such as Chemistry, use complementary personality facets to set up singles.
The study found that none of these factors can be predictive of long-term relationship success.
Similarly, the report says, “people become cognitively overwhelmed” as they scan dozens of profiles.
“You end up a bit less satisfied with the thing you choose — like your chocolate or romantic partner.