Everyone knows someone who met their spouse online. When I asked her if she thought online matchmaking was a better way than offline dating to find guys who were more compatible with her — and, therefore, better husband material — she laughed. She thought he was full of himself and rude during their first encounter. In other words, according to my friend, Internet dating is just as unpredictable as the non-digital version. You never know how things are going to evolve until they do. These observations have been borne out in a new study by social psychologists collaborating across the country.
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Using the Internet as Matchmaker: The Drawbacks to Online Dating - The Atlantic
By Amanda Gardner, Health. Psychologists highlight pitfalls of online dating By Amanda Gardner, Health. The review stresses that websites are a valuable resource for daters -- as long they don't put too much stock in the profiles. Story highlights Dating websites may warp a person's outlook and expectations, according to a new review One of the weaknesses of online dating is an over reliance on "profiles" The abundance of profiles online also may make daters too picky and judgmental.
Dating Site Matches Not So Scientific
Online dating has not only shed its stigma, it has surpassed all forms of matchmaking in the United States other than meeting through friends, according to a new analysis of research on the burgeoning relationship industry. The digital revolution in romance is a boon to lonely-hearters, providing greater and more convenient access to potential partners, reports the team of psychological scientists who prepared the review. But the industry's claims to offering a "science-based" approach with sophisticated algorithm-based matching have not been substantiated by independent researchers and, therefore, "should be given little credence," they conclude. Behavioral economics has shown that the dating market for singles in Western society is grossly inefficient, especially once individuals exit high school or college, he explains. But online love has its pitfalls, Reis cautions.
Researchers from the University of Rochester and Centre Herzliya have examined the effects of playing hard to get, and claim that making the chase harder increases your desirability. That makes them seem less valuable and appealing than those who do not make their romantic interest apparent right away. In one experiment, participants interacted with people whose online dating profiles indicated that they were either hard to get or easy to attract.