However, there is little if any real evidence that such matching formula actually work in practice. Online dating: Analyzing the algorithms of attraction.
This is because we invoke different and sometimes less cognitively taxing decision making strategies when choosing from a large array (as with online dating) than when we choose on a one to one basis in real life. Cyberspace romance: The psychology of online relationships. Visit my website follow me on Twitter @martingraff007 I'm curious how many people misrepresent their relationship status in other dating venues compared to online.
The consequences are that we may end up making the wrong choice. Someone you meet in a bar could be lying about their status just as easily as someone you meet online.
Our decisions are also affected by the way in which choices are presented to us, and in online dating choices are certainly presented differently to how they would be presented in real life. We only get a part impression In face to face interactions we form impressions of others based on their general demeanour and other more subtle behavioural characteristics.
The more information with which we are presented, the easier it becomes to form impressions of others.
However, dating profiles present us with only fairly superficial information about our potential matches, which means that we are not seeing or being presented with the person as a whole.