Science of dating websites
I was really hoping this article would have ended differently.
But after spending countless hours scanning tiny pixelated squares of people who were supposed to represent my mathematically determined soul mate, I found that online dating websites are modern-day versions of snake oil.
After questioning whether e Harmony was drawing from a biased sample of people unlikely to divorce, especially since the service famously rejects people who aren’t compatible with their existing members, the e Harmony researcher argued that they do, indeed, have a representative sample of the U. Additionally, the study controlled for important demographic characteristics.
Professor Reis, one of the member’s of the research team, seemed unconvinced.
“They clearly do not have a representative sample of Americans.
Online dating, professional matchmaking, hitting on girls at parties — statistically speaking, they’re all hit or miss in the blind search for that special someone.
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