New Scientific Report Finds Some Positives, Many Areas for Improvement The report card is in, and the online dating industry won’t be putting this one on the fridge.
A new scientific report concludes that although online dating offers users some very real benefits, it falls far short of its potential.
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 suggest that the existing matching algorithms neglect the most important insights from the flourishing discipline of relationship science.
The algorithms seek to predict long-term romantic compatibility from characteristics of the two partners before they meet.
Yet the strongest predictors of relationship well-being, such as a couple’s interaction style and ability to navigate stressful circumstances, cannot be assessed with such data.
According to Finkel, “developers of matching algorithms have tended to focus on the information that is easy for them to assess, like similarity in personality and attitudes, rather than the information that relationship science has found to be crucial for predicting long-term relationship well-being.
“For years, the online dating industry has ignored actual relationship science in favor of unsubstantiated claims and buzzwords, like ‘matching algorithms,’ that merely sound scientific.” He added, “In the comments section of the report card, I would write: ‘apply yourself!
'” Finkel co-authored this report with Paul Eastwick, assistant professor of psychology at Texas A&M University; Benjamin Karney, professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles; Harry Reis, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester; and Susan Sprecher, professor of sociology and psychology at Illinois State University.
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