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Monday, May 30, 2011

E Harmony It Isn't

I'm something of a math phobe. Atypical of the male species, I gravitate toward the literate side instead of the analytical side of my brain (presuming my brain actually DOES have sides). I can figure free throw percentages and batting averages in my head, but any serious statistical analysis is best left for someone else. I mean, there are buttons on my calculator that I don't understand, dooming myself to a dependency on math people for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I won't be needing the math gurus at
Begun by Harvard-educated math majors, this free online dating site and accompanying blogs, offers insight into the dating ritual as it relates to statistical probabilities of success. Don't laugh too loudly: the site gets 7 million visitors per month, according to the LA Times. Exactly WHY that many people feel the need of the advice contained therein is a completely different issue. However, there are some interesting bits and pieces that have emerged from the endless stream of data compiled by these folks:
People who meet online and eventually form a relationship offline are most intrigued by the following three questions:
1. Do you like horror movies?
2. Have you ever traveled in a foreign country alone?
3. Wouldn't it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?

Apparently, these questions indicate the degree to which a person is "open to experience;" of course, that might also mean the person is open to infidelity, too, but that's just my take.
Now, for some advice for those of you trolling such websites looking for the perfect match...or hookup:
1. Subtract 2 inches from the listed height for prospective matches.
2. Subtract 20% from the salary listed.
3. For women: flirt with the camera a bit in the profile photo, and don't be afraid to show a little skin...18-yr-old respondents who added a bit of cleavage got 24% more responses than did those who opted for a more chaste photo. At age 32, that figure rose to an astounding 79% more responses. Of course it's sexist, but we're talking about online dating here!
4. For men, it's important not to smile in the photo since a smile shows either submissiveness or a leering sexuality that's not all that flattering. Young men who have that six-pack are obliged to show it...but older men are not since the number of responses drops rapidly among older men who insist on being shirtless.

all in all, I think this really only shows how little we have to do with our time here in America. Other countries are trying to feed, hose and keep healthy their populations, and we're concerned about finding the right prospective mate through online research...God forbid we actually have to talk with someone or get off the couch to meet other interesting people.
It's a puzzler to me...but then I'm already a generation behind.


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