Taught by renowned gender theorist Eileen Dover, the course aims to take 25 single engineers from forever alone to top slampiece. It’s not like you’d know him though.” Despite student praise, the course has its critics.
Explaining the curriculum, Professor Dover had this to say: “The class begins with the abstract: what a relationship is and why someone would want one. “We anticipated controversy,” said department chair Neil Down.
Lead author Eli Finkel, Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Northwestern University, recognizes that “online dating is a marvelous addition to the ways in which singles can meet potential romantic partners,” but he warns that “users need to be aware of its many pitfalls.” Many online dating sites claim that they possess an exclusive formula, a so-called “matching algorithm,” that can match singles with partners who are especially compatible with them.
But, after systematically reviewing the evidence, the authors conclude that such claims are unsubstantiated and likely false.
Unheard of just twenty years ago, online dating is now a billion dollar industry and one of the most common ways for singles to meet potential partners.
Many websites claim that they can help you find your “soulmate.” But do these online dating services live up to all the hype?
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.
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.During the late Pleistocene, multiple floods from drainage of glacial Lake Missoula further eroded a vast anastomosing network of bedrock channels, coulees, and cataracts, forming the Channeled Scabland of eastern Washington State (United States).However, the timing and exact pathways of these Missoula floods remain poorly constrained, thereby limiting our understanding of the evolution of this spectacular landscape.“To date, there is no compelling evidence that any online dating matching algorithm actually works,” Finkel observes.“If dating sites want to claim that their matching algorithm is scientifically valid, they need to adhere to the standards of science, which is something they have uniformly failed to do.Upper Grand Coulee fully opened as a flood route after 15.6 ± 1.3 ka, becoming the primary path for later Missoula floods until the last ones from glacial Lake Missoula at 14.7 ± 1.2 ka.The youngest dated flood(s) (14.0 ± 1.4 ka to 14.4 ± 1.3 ka) came down the northwestern Columbia River valley and were likely from glacial Lake Columbia, indicating that the lake persisted for a few centuries after the last Missoula flood.The Okanogan and Purcell Trench lobes of the CIS began to retreat from their maximum extent at ca.15.5 ka, likely in response to onset of surface warming of the northeastern Pacific Ocean.“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.