This suggests that online dating is proving to be no more effective at creating lasting relationships than the old standards.“I really didn’t see it as any different from the way that people met each other for decades past," said Feifer. creates a relationship, is not the Other daters agreed, and so does Alex Mehr, a co-founder of the dating site Zoosk.
"Online dating doesn't change my taste, or how I behave on a first date, or if I will be a good partner.
After logging in, they click through a series of Web pages featuring people who meet their criteria, connected via live video.
The service is now free, though there might be a subscription fee in the future.
It doesn’t help that these algorithms are closely guarded trade secrets.
The majority of the surveys, studies, and reports evaluating online dating sites’ efficacy are paid for by the companies themselves, leading to some possibility for biased results.
"People go through the long process of filling out profiles and sending e-mails, maybe for weeks or months, and within two seconds of seeing the other person they realized they had no chemistry," co-founder Dan Abelon said.
"We thought this would be a good solution." members provide only a few key details, including their sex and age; the desired sex and age of their partner; and their ZIP code.
With the number of visitors these sites get each month, that increase is pretty significant: Some current estimates report between 10.5 and 23.8 million unique visitors per month for two major dating sites.
Other popular sites, such as Match.com, allow members to say much more about themselves and what they are seeking, including religion and annual salary.
Rivals say an hour on might be more fun than watching TV reruns — but the notion that it could produce long-term partnerships is laughable.
Research suggests that, while it is possible to predict whether two people could enjoy spending time together in the short term, it’s (nearly) impossible to scientifically match two people for long-term compatibility.
The strongest predictors of a good, functional relationship are how a couple interacts, and their ability to handle stress — two things that science says current dating website algorithms can't predict and online profiles can't demonstrate.