Edward Royzman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, asks me to list four qualities on a piece of paper: The more I allocate to each attribute, the more highly I supposedly value that quality in a mate. This experiment, which Royzman sometimes runs with his college classes, is meant to inject scarcity into hypothetical dating decisions in order to force people to prioritize. I think for a second, and then I write equal amounts 70 next to both hotness and kindness, then 40 next to income and 20 next to fidelity. Usually women allocate more to fidelity and less to physical attractiveness.
The Dubious Science of Online Dating
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Eli Finkel, a social psychologist at Northwestern University, is one of five authors on a new study published in the February issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest. We invited our Facebook and Twitter followers to submit their questions on love, relationships and online dating to Finkel. Here is the first part of his response. Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week!
Q & A With Eli Finkel – The Science Behind Online Dating (Part 1)
But can a mathematical formula really identify pairs of singles who are especially likely to have a successful romantic relationship? We believe the answer is no. But — as we and our co-authors argue in an article to be published this month in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest — the past 80 years of scientific research about what makes people romantically compatible suggests that such sites are unlikely to do what they claim to do.
Ask somebody, 'What does it feel like to not have any realistic possibility of meeting somebody that you could potentially go on a date with? Their current conclusion is that the matching algorithms so many companies claim to use to find your soul mate don't work. The biggest benefit of online dating, Finkel told Business Insider, is that it introduces you to tons and tons of people. Which is why Finkel thinks Tinder, Bumble, and similar apps that allow you to find potential dates quickly but don't purport to use any scientific algorithm, are the best option for singles today. You simply swipe on this stuff and then meet over a pint of beer or a cup of coffee.