Digital communication may be distracting and open up the opportunity for cyberbullying, but as the WSJ reports today, it also has social benefits. Online dating can expand the pool of prospects and the technology itself can be used in ways to find better relationships, according to Gian Gonzaga, the senior director of R&D at e Harmony.EHarmony analyzes married couples for characteristics that appear to make the relationship successful and matches its singles based on those characteristics, he tells the Health Blog … Early research suggests that men present themselves as wealthier, taller, and with more hair.Women, on the other hand, are thought to present themselves as blonder, thinner, and bustier.In the quest to find romance, more of us have turned to online dating.
To examine online dating in a controlled study, we first had participants fill out a battery of questionnaires with no mention of online dating.Within the group expecting to test the online dating service, participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: do not meet date, meet date online in one week, or meet date in person in one week. Our results indicated that men who expected to meet their date online said they were more agreeable, emotionally stable, and attractive (even when we controlled for this with coders' ratings of attractiveness based on photographs of the participants) than they were at time 1.Women did not demonstrate any differences in reported personality or attractiveness regardless of condition. Clearly men know what women want and if they have a chance to meet their date online, at least those in our study were willing to deceive. Take time to get to know a prospective romantic partner over email.There are a few fundamental ways the Internet has changed the dating scene.For one, the majority of dating websites implement matchmaking algorithms (though, there is not much evidence to support their accuracy ).