What Does Love Have to Do With It?
I recently saw a New York Times article about the science of online dating called, Love, Lies and What They Learned. I am in the 9:35 class but I have heard that a group in the 8:00 class is doing their final project on this subject, which I found interesting! I decided to do some investigating of my own and ended up learning a lot of interesting facts about online dating.
Online dating is interesting because a lot of it is based on science, as is love. When we fall in love without the help of technology, we don’t really think about what makes us compatible matches, but online dating is purely about those qualities- which are bluntly related to science. There have been posts about the science of love before on this site, and it is an intriguing topic for all to read about. However, the New York Times article focused more on the trends that researchers have found on online dating sites.
Some interesting trends that the article described included how truthfull people were, what they were lying about, what each gender cared about more, trends of inter-racial matches and how politics plays into it. It turns out that everyone lies online (shocker, right?) but different genders lied about different things. For example, women lied more about their weight than men, and men lied more about their height than women. The article also stated that white members often chose other white members to date, while black members were ten times more likely to select white members. This trend brings up interesting societal topics, as it uses the quote, “‘We are nowhere near the post-racial age.'” As far as politics go, they do not go far in the online dating world as people are very hesitant to post their political views.
Overall, the article made me realize how much of our society determines the dating process. It seems to me that if there were fewer social pressures, the online dating process could be more natural and therefore effective. The science behind attraction and love continues to interest me, how do you feel about this subject? How do you feel about online dating? Do you know any interesting information about this topic?