Although many dating sites tout the superiority of partner matching through the use of “scientific algorithms,” the authors find that there is little evidence that these algorithms can predict whether people are good matches or will have chemistry with one another.The authors’ overarching assessment of online dating sites is that scientifically, they just don’t measure up. 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.Parents and village elders used to play matchmaker.As people became more self-reliant and transient, they turned to singles ads and dating services.
"GPS features on smartphone apps can tell you who is nearby and willing to be browsed," Finkel said. --- Whether enlisting the help of a grandmother or a friend or the magic of Cupid, singles long have understood that assistance may be required to meet that special someone.Today such help is likely to come from online methods of matchmaking.The advent of the Internet and inception of in 1995 prompted a sea change.For a few years, online dating seemed like the bastion of the geeky and desperate, but the stigma passed. couples who formed relationships between 20, 22 percent of them met online, one academic study found.Posted: , Author: Igoqozu None of my three serious relationships including my marriage started with dating: we happened to know each oth.Men tend to act like single-issue voters: If a prospect is not attractive enough, he or she usually doesnt qualify for a first date, period.They make worse matches than just using a random site.That’s because their matching criteria are hardly scientific, as far as romance goes."With a little bit of basic information, potential daters can get together right away for a quick face-to-face meet-up." Good old-fashioned face-to-face contact still is paramount in finding that special someone, and the faster that happens the better, the research suggests.In previous research, Finkel and his co-authors found that ideal preferences of daters viewing online profiles fell by the wayside after in-person meetings with potential partners.One in 10 American adults has tried online dating, and nearly 60 percent of Internet users say it is a good way to meet people.Yet some researchers say dating companies' matchmaking algorithms are no better than chance at providing suitable partners.Social scientists have confirmed what most singletons have known for years: Online dating is a crapshoot. But the sites also reduce daters into two-dimensional profiles and often overwhelms them with potential choices. It gives opportunities to singles who otherwise wouldn’t have them,” says Eli J.