Dear Readers, the BSG is a research and data junkie. He also thinks that the promise of online dating is not being fulfilled. Turns out he was RIGHT!
New Research Suggests Online Dating Websites Don’t Produce Longer or Happier Relationships
Couples who meet online don’t tend to be any happier with their love lives than those who meet in traditional offline settings. That’s the conclusion of a new research report at LoveLearnings.com, where the authors sorted through various research studies in an attempt to find out whether internet dating produces healthier, happier, and more committed romantic relationships.
For those who have used dating websites like PlentyOfFish or Match.com in the past, this may come as no surprise, since finding and meeting your soulmate on one of these websites can quickly begin to seem like an unrealistic objective. But many sites, such as eHarmony.com, claim to offer “matchmaking algorithms” that are “scientifically designed” pair you off with compatible singles based on a variety of attributes and qualities.
As it turns out, those surveys and matchmaking algorithms don’t stand up well when put under the microscope. “To date, there is no compelling evidence that any online dating matching algorithm actually works,” says Eli Finkel, professor of social psychology at Northwestern University and one of the researchers cited in the report.
Although the study does recognize that internet dating websites offer a new and less intimidating place to meet singles of the opposite sex (especially sites that charge a monthly subscription fee, which acts as a natural filter against less committed folks), it concludes that, in general, meeting someone online doesn’t make it any more likely that you’ll fall in love and live happily ever after.
Thanks to the nice folks at LoveLearnings.com ~BSG~