His complaint has merit that extends beyond his own experiences: Researchers generally think that online matchmaking algorithms do a poor job of determining who will be a compatible long-term You really know nothing about a person when you arrange a first date with someone through an online source,” said Harry Reis, a professor of relationship psychology at the University of Rochester.
“Imagine if you were to pick names out of the telephone book and go on a first date.
Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?
It’s a question that seems distinctly answerable: we have user data, surveys, clear metrics for success or failure, entire books full of colorful charts.
— that online dating “works.” This much should be obvious: We don’t actually know.
Some of the reasons for that ambiguity are clear in this latest study.
And yet, just this week, a new analysis from Michigan State University found that online dating leads to fewer committed relationships than offline dating does — that it doesn’t work, in other words.
That, in the words of its own author, contradicts a pile of studies that have come before it.