Online Dating Sites Really Stink at Finding You a Match

online datingFor those of you who met your sig oth, fiance, or heck, your spouse online, be thankful. You beat the system. For new research has emerged that online dating ... is a steaming pile of poppycock.

A new study that was published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest states: "Because human beings are complicated and multifaceted, two individuals who resemble each other in one way (e.g., they both love big parties) are unlikely to resemble each other in every way (political conservatism). [Hence], there is little reason to believe that current compatibility algorithms are especially effective."

So, there you have it. However, online dating is good for one thing.


Meeting people. I know, sounds kind of oxymoronic, but hear me out. If you're single, mathematical odds are, the more people you meet, the more likely you are to meet your Mr. or Mrs. Perfect -- I.E., if you spend all day and night cooped up in your one-bedroom walk-up in Brooklyn watching 90210 reruns and eating Amy's Organic frozen meals, your odds of meeting someone are, like, zero. But, if you go out to a party or for Skinnygirl margs with friends, your odds automatically increase, just because you're around people. Same thing works with online dating. Sort of. 

The more people you meet online -- and go on dates with -- the more likely you are to meet someone you actually like. Right? (Yeah, the more likely you are to have god-awful, no good, terrible dates, too, but you get my point.)

However, as smart as computers are, I don't find this study surprising in the slightest, as there's just no algorithm that can match two people together. Computers just don't have it in them. Like the science people said, just because you have "things" in common doesn't mean you're going to hit it off.

I think the success of online dating -- and probably the continued success -- lies in the fact that it's something that gets people out there. We're all busy people with jobs to go to and shows to watch, it isn't easy to meet people. Doing it through the computer is convenient. And although you'll probably have to electronically kiss a lot of toads, odds are, eventually you'll meet your match. Mathematically speaking.

Have you done online dating?

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