Science of dating websites

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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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“As reliable as personality traits have been as predictors of romantic outcomes,” even the best predictor “generally accounts for less than 5% of the variance in relationship satisfaction over time.” So what predict success? Those who can weather a relationship storm–and emerge closer–are the ones that last.

Tropical photos and cat preferences can’t tell users who will still love them after they lose their job.

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