Reboot your love life: Modern-day matchmaker experiments with online dating project

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Article Source ABC

One Perth woman has decided to use a mix-and-match approach of social media and old-fashioned introductions to help her friends, and their friends, find love.

Inspired by a successful matchmaking effort a few years ago, Brooke Lingard has developed a new online project called My Friend’s Friend.

“I went out to a quiz night and a friend of mine brought her friend with her,” Ms Lingard said.

“She was amazing so I ended up setting her up on a date with my husband’s friend and it all worked. Continue reading

Online Dating is Harder for ‘Classically Attractive’ Women

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Article Source Stuff

No one feels particularly special on a dating app. That’s what I want to tell her. My best friend, who looks like the racially ambiguous lovechild of Brad Pitt and Pocahontas, waves her phone at me in righteous indignation.

She is not alone. Several of my “classically attractive” friends are pissed off. Society tells them they’re beautiful and they’re mad at Tinder and other dating apps for not providing better prospects. They’re also mad at me. I’m the average-looking sidekick, “the one who online dates” and it’s my fault they aren’t having a better time.

“You have no idea what it’s like to be called beautiful all the time,” a good friend once remarked. “It’s like your biggest accomplishment is something you didn’t do yourself.” Continue reading

Tips for Parents Who Want to Try Online Dating

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Article Source Alternet

Carving out an online dating profile is tricky. But kids—and deciding whether or not to mention them—further complicate that task.

These days, dating has largely moved online. And among the masses of those who have gone there with it are parents. Over the past three years, the number of single parents registered at Match.com has increased by 180 percent. One-third of members aged 23 to 50 years old are single moms and dads ready to get back into the dating pool.

While not everyone has made the shift, those who have tend to get results. According to Match’s blog, “single parents who have dated online had over 2X the number of dates last year than single parents who haven’t dated online.” Furthermore, “Seventy-nine percent have dated 1 or more person in the last three months versus 75 percent of single parents who don’t online date.” Continue reading

Online Dating And The Game of Love: A Psychologist’s Approach

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Article Source Radionz

Finding love online is big business. In the U.S, dating sites are as popular as video games and and downloading digital music.

Global online dating site match.com reports that in 2015 alone, online dating led to 517,000 relationships and 92,000 marriages.

But what are the secrets to establishing relationships in the virtual space, and how should people navigate the pitfalls?

Dr Martin Graff is a reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales, Australia, and a contributor to the Psychology Today segment Love, Digitally. Over the past six years, he has been conducting research into romantic relationships, specifically, decision-making in relation to online interaction and dating.
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Online Dating Study Proves Age Is Not Just A Number

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Article Source IrishTimes

Online dating is ostensibly a straightforward affair. You like the look of somebody online and you try and find a common interest. Then you date. It either works out or you move on to the next person.

Academics at the University of Michigan have just published a study into the online behaviour of 1,855 people who signed up to a dating website in the New York/New Jersey area.

They observed 1.1 million decisions made when users browsed profiles or when potential partners corresponded with each other online.

Their methodology was as follows: “We present a general strategy for estimating discrete choice models that can identify both slopes and knots for continuous attributes, and also allow for multiple decision stages (ie browsing and writing) and multiple observations per stage (ie multiple instances of browsing and writing for each user).”And so say all of us.

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