Successful predictions

A research team found that the distance between a potential partner and the idealized partner was the best predictor for attraction.

When we meet someone who is supposed to be interested in us, we are more flexible about who we are interested in.

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Lots of dating apps and websites claim to be able to use data to sort through profiles for better matches. But scientists and journalists can't investigate their claims, as the algorithms are the intellectual property of these companies and not publicly available.

This encouraged scientists to make their own app and examine predictors of attraction.

The things that are needed to be able to predict romantic desire.

  • Actor desire. How choosy people are.
  • Partner desire or average attractiveness.
  • Compatibility: Researchers measured compatibility by subtracting choosiness and attractiveness from dater's scores of romantic interest.

To account for research failure, it is believed that when two people actually meet, they form a shared dynamic that is more than the sum of its parts. Their individual preferences do not make up the substance of what they would find attractive.

Some dating apps look at core values and use that to match people who are as similar as possible.

Other dating apps ask very little in the way of preferences before they start to show you profiles. The apps refine as they learn about the user's preferences.

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Recently Tinder unlocked its passport feature, which lets you meet people (virtually of course) from any part of the world. The ongoing crisis has torn down physical boundaries, and there is always one topic to talk about no matter who you are talking to.

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Both men and women are biologically programmed to desire a long-term partnership, and at the same time, they are also willing to be involved in a short-term fling or a sexual encounter.

Research On Our Partner Preferences

Our own partner preferences may not be fully understood by us.

  • An organic study on peoples dating and partner choice indicated that one’s preferences, ideals and priorities towards their partners are a poor predictor of their eventual long-term partner.
  • Another study that used surveys and statistical modelling to find connections in the personalities, romantic attractions and the quality of relationship found out that the preferences of the partners correlated with their own, as most people looked for similarities. The data set that computed the final long term choice found that partners with similar traits and personality dimensions do not ‘flock’ together for long.

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