Research about dating in internet
The data in the study come from the How Couples Meet and Stay Together survey, which is the most comprehensive data collected on romantic relationships in the US.
The survey allows for multiple answers to the question about how people met, so a recent rise of people meeting at bars and restaurants is not down to serendipity but rather people who arranged to meet for dinner or a drink via online dating sites.
That makes online dating by far the most common way that American couples now meet.
The data also show that between 1995 to 2017, meeting through friends saw the largest decline, from 33% of couples at the start of the period to just 20% at the end.“It used to be that finding a partner is something one did with their community,” says Thomas.
The study by Thomas, Rosenfeld, and Hausen finds that the share of couples meeting online has just about doubled since 2009.
For men, it’s the opposite effect: The more desirable a woman, the fewer positive words he’ll send.For example, both men and women who messaged people more desirable than themselves wrote longer messages on average than those sending messages to undesirable mates—which, for the record, didn’t help either sex make their case to the potential partner, except in Seattle, where men were more likely to be messaged back after sending a long message.Daters also chose a different vocabulary when messaging those more desirable than themselves.Researchers employed an algorithm to rank more than a hundred thousand daters on an undisclosed popular online platform in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle based on the number of initial messages they received, crossed with the desirability of the people sending those messages.The study, which looks at activity for the month of January 2014, was published Thursday in the journal .