Internet dating pitfalls
Eli Finkel, associate professor of social psychology at Northwestern University, said in a written statement.But "users need to be aware of its many pitfalls." For the study, published in Feb.
Don't just look at characteristics people list in their profile, he said, but try to picture yourself going on a vacation with this person.
"If dating sites want to claim that their matching algorithm is scientifically valid, they need to adhere to the standards of science, which is something they have uniformly failed to do.
In fact, our report concludes that it is unlikely that their algorithms can work, even in principle, given the limitations of the sorts of matching procedures that these sites use." The authors say current dating algorithms look to predict long-term compatibility by matching personality and attitude traits, but most relationship research suggests that the biggest factors for predicting long-term success are how couples interact and manage conflict. "Eighty years of relationship science has reliably shown you can't predict whether a relationship succeeds based on information about people who are unaware of each other," Finkel told Reuters.
The study found that online dating is basically a crapshoot when it comes to finding love.
"Online dating is a marvelous addition to the ways in which singles can meet potential romantic partners," study author Dr.