Dating waste of money
Dating websites claim attraction can be predicted from the right combination of traitsm but a new study suggests singletons have little hope of finding true love online.
Researchers found computer-based algorithms could predict who's hot and who's not — but it could not unravel the mystery of unique desire for a specific person.
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Online dating can be painful for women and tedious for men, or at least that’s what the latest Ashley Madison hacking saga revelation suggests.
US researchers found in 2012 that the industry’s claims to use mathematical algorithms to boost match compatibility were “likely false”.“To date, there is no compelling evidence that any online dating matching algorithm actually works,” Northwestern University lead researcher Dr Eli Finkel said at the time.
But a far better picture emerges in research for those of a particular age and sexual orientation.
A man who sent a message to a woman his own age had a 4 per cent chance of a reply, the data revealed.
They found it was possible to predict the overall tendency for someone to like and to be liked by others — but not which two particular people were a match.'We found we cannot anticipate how much individuals will uniquely desire each other in a speed-dating context with any meaningful level of accuracy,' Dr Joel said.'I thought that out of more than 100 predictors, we would be able to predict at least some portion of the variance.
I didn't expect we would find zero.''Dating can be hard and anxiety provoking and there's a market there for a short cut', Dr Joel said.
The bottom line is relationship science still has a long way to go to decipher romantic attraction and what makes two particular people click, researchers found.'What if you didn't have to kiss all the frogs?
What if you could skip to the part where you click with someone?