Online dating sites help fill the gap that our busy lives have created in our search for connection.
Their diagnostic tests seem to key in on the fundamental essence of our personalities, ensuring that we’ll be paired with the one person in the world whose fundamental essence will resonate to ours.
They also promise to improve the odds of our finding that person by providing us with access to large numbers of potential romantic partners; more than we would ever meet on our own.
No online personality test can predict with any more certainty how a person will react to life stresses than a real-life encounter and may even be worse.
At least when you are talking to a person in real time, your conversation can take you to places that might provide you with relevant data about how they will adapt to future stresses.
Consequently, you may be less likely to commit to the people who you do decide to follow up on because you know there are hundreds of others out there, should this match prove flawed.
Finkel and his co-authors also caution against the false belief that there is a perfect match for you out there in the online universe.e Harmony provides its users with advice on dating, relationships, and—of course—plenty of diagnostic quizzes.Although these online dating sites attract millions of customers and billions of dollars, scientific study reveals that they cannot possibly come through on these promises.Matching Online dating services pride themselves on having developed complex formulas, or algorithms, that will diagnose you and then apply this diagnosis to helping you find the perfect match uniquely qualified to be your ideal romantic partner.However, even if they could come through on their claims (which I’ll examine in a minute), think about the logic of this process.Some feature might pop out at you (particularly appearance) that causes you to think “Next?