Log off and head to your local bar; a new study found online dating is no better for finding love.
HuffPost Tech reports U.S. psych professors found online dating has distinct disadvantages to meeting someone the old-fashioned way.
Study report author Eli Finkel, associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University, suggests the information contained in online dating profiles didn’t reveal very much about the person (duh). Finkel also concludes that dating website “supermarkets of love,” as he describes them, were so overwhelming that they caused folks to make lazy and poor decisions about love.
I’ve never tried online dating, but my hairdresser (who’s taught me everything I know about modern love) has. She’s lamented time and time again about how hard it is to pore over dating profiles in the hopes of finding a needle in a haystack. Her experience mirrored the psychological research finding that online dating is no substitute for meeting someone in person. My hairdresser swears by the energy she feels when she first meets someone, an energy that can be difficult to come by online.
I suspect this is the part of the story where someone mentions eHarmony.com or similar interest/personality-based online dating services. The study questioned the algorithms used by dating websites such as these, suggesting that while these sites may reduce the number of romantic candidates; those matched have just as much chance of incompatibility as two people meeting in an organic way.
Despite Finkel’s findings, if I was tossed back into the dating scene, I’d likely be hitting up dating websites. And why not? I have no less than four close girlfriends who’ve met their husbands (and all-around great guys) online.
Hey, sometimes you find love, sometimes love finds you, but why not use all the tools at your disposal until you find your match?
What are your thoughts on online dating?
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