Online dating preferences
For many people, dating apps and matchmaking websites have not only changed the way they pursue potential partners but also the kind of expectations they have.
While some believe that technology has eased the dating process and increased our chances of finding connections, others believe that the paradox of choice is actually doing the opposite.
This means that 19 out of 20 profiles on these sites are either past members who aren’t around anymore, or non-paying members who can’t respond.
OKCupid was acquired by Match in 2011, and that article has since been taken down (for obvious reasons).
Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) examined more than 41,000 Australians during a four-month period in 2016 to identify gender-based preferences in online dating behavior.
"We found that women are more specific than men in their preference up until the age of 40, then males become pickier than females from 40 years old onwards," said lead researcher Dr. During their years of peak fertility (18 to 30 years), both men and women prioritized education level to a strong degree.
A few years ago, OKCupid calculated that 96.25% of e Harmony’s profiles are inactive, using numbers provided by e Harmony themselves.
Whyte stated that the findings showcased how human mating behavior and preferences change across the reproductive life cycle."Even with such rapid changes and growth in new dating technologies, behavioral economics and evolutionary psychology can still provide vital insight into understanding how human beings make large-scale decisions like choosing a partner," he said.
So if you’re new to online dating, prepare yourself for disappointment.