Online dating professors
Do you know about this research on height called labor analysis? Dan Ariely: So labor analysis is when I take all your characteristics, how old you are, your hair color, where you went to school and all your attributes, and I put them in a regression equation with your salary. This is the kind of analysis that you do to show that women make less than men for the same job. We took all the characteristics of people in an online dating profile, and we asked, “What explains these people’s success? Now, you can ask the question: Are women really that superficial? So if you say, I don’t want to see anybody below 5’10”, there might be a really wonderful, sweet guy at 5’9”, but you’ll never see him, because you said you wanted 5’10”.” How much of it is explained by their height, their eye color, their hair, their education and so on? So yes, women love tall men to a crazy amount in my mind, but the way that the search engine works exaggerates this bias."There's a scarcity of research on dating in later life," say Wendy Watson and Charlie Stelle, Using earlier research on younger people who frequent Internet dating sites, Watson and Stelle identified values and characteristics those individuals revealed. One woman described herself as "a young spirit," Watson said. The researchers started with a coding system identifying three personal values (active lifestyle, culture and family) that younger people typically address on online-dating sites. Beyond physical attributes But the professors' research on people age 60-plus who use online-dating sites brought surprises.Another wrote, "I don't appear as old as I am." Some older men, too, deviated from typical patterns. A second category identified three personal characteristics (honest, fun-loving and kind) that site users would like in a date.Age-60-plus users' online profiles introduced new values into the mix.Psychologist Professor Hugo Schmale developed Parship's compatibility test and compatibility matching.Since the 1960s Professor Schmale has been conducting research into couples and their relationships.
— Kristen Doerer, Making Sen$e Editor Kristen Doerer: Alright, so our first question is: What is the best strategy for filing out an online dating profile if you’re looking for true love? Dan Ariely: So I think the question is: What function is the online dating profile going to fulfill in this search? We know that when people read vague descriptions, they fill the missing parts in over-optimistic ways. You say you have a good sense of humor, I say, “Oh my goodness, I have a sense of humor too, we’re probably going to be a great fit!
When we finally have coffee with somebody, we get crushed.
And by the way, women tend to do this more than men, and people don’t tend to learn over time.
For some people in their 60s, Watson says, companionship ranks as a higher priority than marriage.
"Some seniors say, 'Been there, done that.' " Some are looking instead for "somebody I really like, somebody who wants to do some fun activities." The goal for some is purely finding "someone whose company they enjoy." AARP has also done research on senior online dating. 'An avenue to meet people'Arnette Bell, 62, says she logged onto with an open mind.