Scientists Spot Trouble With Online Dating
'Supermarkets of love' no better than bars for meeting people: Study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2012 3:34 PM CST
Online dating has two major problems, psychologists say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Online dating could help you find your perfect match—but your chances aren't any better than they'd be at a bar, a study suggests. You can't tell much about the people listed on sites like Match.com. Browsing such lists "overloads people and they end up shutting down," the psychology professor behind the study tells Reuters. It amounts to shopping at "supermarkets of love": When you have too many choices, you make bad decisions.

Algorithms that sites like eHarmony use to match people probably don't help much, the researchers say. "Eighty years of relationship science has reliably shown you can't predict whether a relationship succeeds based on information about people who are unaware of each other," says the professor. In short, "there is no reason to believe that online dating improves romantic outcomes," a co-author tells Time. "It may yet, and someday some service might provide good data to show it can, but there is certainly no evidence to that right now.”

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Photog
Aug 28, 2014 5:40 AM CDT
This is exactly true. Many people on dating sites have emotional baggage from past relationships so they have vowed not to accept anything less than what they want--perfection. Online dating sites play into that by offering so many choices that no one really tries at making a relationship work with someone that catches their eye. If a choice exhibits one iota of imperfection, they're kicked to the curb because the seeker feels there's more where he/she came from. It's sad really. There's so many great people out there who would make good partners if expectations weren't so high. It can happy for a small percentage but for most, it's a waste of time and money.
MDD
Feb 8, 2012 9:30 AM CST
The only dating site worth a dam is Ashly Madison, they guarantee an affaire to remember...
shmortisborg
Feb 8, 2012 7:13 AM CST
Its only as good as the people using it, maybe if there wasnt these types of negative stigma on them then more normal people would use them.