Tuesday, November 15, 2011

He, He, He, He, He, He

Love, lies and the science of online dating
"Of the romantic partnerships formed in the U.S. between 2007 and 2009, 21 per cent of heterosexual couples and 61 per cent of samesex couples met online, according to a study by Michael J. Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford."
And then they met face to face.
"There are millions of North Americans seeking love on the Internet. Little do they know that teams of scientists are eagerly watching them trying to find it.

Like contemporary Margaret Meads, these scholars have gathered data from dating sites like Match.com, OkCupid and Yahoo! Personals to study attraction, trust, deception -- even the role of race and politics in prospective romance.

They have observed, for instance, that many daters would rather admit to being fat than liberal or conservative, that white people are reluctant to date outside their race and that there are ways to detect liars. Such findings spring from attempts to answer a broader question that has bedevilled humanity since Adam and Eve: How and why do people fall in love?"
Personally, I've always thought those online "dating and matchmaking" websites are rich targets for perverts wishing to find vulnerable people to victimize.

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