Then they set the students loose in a speed-dating session to see if they could predict who would like who.
As it turns out, the researchers could predict nothing.
Singles typically don't adopt an either/or approach to dating — either casual sex or a serious relationship.
Most of them want to have fun, meet interesting people, feel sexual attraction and, at some point, settle into a serious relationship.
For example, many dating services ask people what they want in a partner and use their answers to find matches.
But research suggests that most of us are wrong about what we want in a partner — the qualities that appeal to us on paper may not be appealing IRL.
You simply swipe on this stuff and then meet over a pint of beer or a cup of coffee. Online dating is a tremendous asset for us because it broadens the dating pool and introduces us to people who we otherwise wouldn't have met." Finkel's most recent piece of research on the topic is a study he co-authored with Samantha Joel and Paul Eastwick and published in the journal Psychological Science.
The researchers had undergraduates fill out questionnaires about their personality, their well-being, and their preferences in a partner.
But Finkel said the most effective way for singles to start a relationship to do is get out there and date — a lot.
Whether or not you want to admit it, you have at least one online dating profile right now, and if you’re reading this, it’s probably not going well.
We don’t know who said "opposites attract," but that’s usually just when you’re talking about magnets.
In the dating world, meeting an opposite is a complete drag.
Especially if whatever you’re into isn’t considered "normal," or "sanitary." If you live your life on the fringes of society, finding love can be a Sisyphean task.