Dating for scientists

Perhaps the greatest treatise why matching people on similarity doesn’t necessarily work out was put forth by the great 1980’s social philosopher, Paula Abdul, in her critically acclaimed “Opposites Attract” A Weird Psychological State Of Choosing After e Harmony and j Date offered me a digital cornucopia of young girls for only around a month, I suddenly became more picky than an Arabian sultan, casually dismissing women for minor imperfections.I became obsessed with how far women were from my idea of perfection, rather than enjoying new personalities.It’s only when I disguised myself as Crocodile Dundee did women want to talk…even if it was obviously untrue — Or, for that matter, an important part of a long-term relationship.

Per the researchers,”people’s idiosyncratic self-reported preferences for certain characteristics in hypothetical romantic partners appear to be irrelevant to their romantic outcomes with specific potential partners they have actually met in person.” Another study found that College students who attended a speed dating event 10 days after evaluating potential study buddies online ended up being physically attracted, but not romantically, to the people they met in person who had their ideal traits.

Indeed, middle-aged couples who have strong preferences for particular traits were just as head-over-heels with their long-term partner whether they possessed those characteristics.

From our friends the researchers, “The browsing process can cause users to objectify potential partners, commoditizing them as options available in a marketplace of profiles.” Social scientists see this as a perfect case of the ‘paradox of choice,’ when increasing options decreases satisfaction.

This is parallel to the classic study of this presented two groups of grocery store shoppers with samples of either 6 or 24 varieties of jam.

Browsing became a chore, and I was forced to find more efficient ways of contacting girls.

To minimize waiting for pages to load, I’d open two dozen tabs, quick scan key questions and blast off emails.

It began, “It’s so cool you’re into travel and adventure…” Immediately, the number of girls who responded sky-rocketed.

The successful experiment illustrated an important flaw in online dating: lying works.

While both groups tasted the same number, 30% of the 6-variety group purchased jam and only 3% did from the larger variety group.

When overwhelmed with choices, sometimes we shut out a decision altogether.

Canned responses became a necessity; I’d collect various clever responses, which I could copy and paste, depending on how girls responded.

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