Really for online dating
While many dating sites claim the ability to find your perfect match, social scientists aren’t buying it.
Research suggests that, while it is possible to predict whether two people could enjoy spending time together in the short term, it’s (nearly) impossible to scientifically match two people for long-term compatibility.
The first prominent online dating site was Match.com, which launched in 1995.
Experts say online dating sites see a huge traffic increase between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
A senior editor at Fast Company, Feifer met his wife Jennifer Miller, a freelance journalist and author, through Ok Cupid after narrowing his search criteria to two requirements: “Jewish” and “journalist.”Feifer and Miller told me they didn’t start using Ok Cupid with the hopes of finding their soulmates.
Instead, both joined the site after ending long-term relationships and moving to a new city without many friends.
But despite these numbers, it’s unclear if online dating is any more effective than, or really any different from, meeting someone offline.
In many ways, online dating resembles offline dating — the resulting relationships are no different. So why do so many millions turn to the Web to find love?I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.