In addition to the sheer number of people you can meet, many sites provide an avenue for meeting like-minded people. Unlike other social venues, on an online dating site, you can be fairly certain that everyone you meet is single and looking.There are dating sites devoted to particular religious groups, like Christian Mingle or JDate, for example, as well as sites that cater to gay and lesbian daters. This removes a lot of the ambiguity that you face when you meet an interesting person at a work event or a party. Because of the ease and relative anonymity of online dating sites, we may take more risk reaching out to people we would not approach in person.Men were considered more attractive when they looked genuine, extraverted, and feminine, but not overly warm or kind.(Although feminine male photos were seen as attractive, whole male profiles were rated more attractive when they seemed more masculine, a perplexing result worthy of more study.) Women were deemed more attractive when they looked feminine, high in self-esteem, and not selfish.In the last few years, these methods have moved from a last resort for the loveless to a more accepted way for millions to try to meet their mates.While this has led to dates, relationships and marriages around the globe, it has also been a boon for enterprising researchers — providing huge datasets chronicling real world behavior.
A 2008 study in which participants rated actual online profiles confirmed this, but also explored the criteria that made certain photos attractive (Fiore et al., 2008).(formerly Applied Microeconomics Workshop) | 2004/05 | 2005/06 | 2006/07 | 2007/08 | 2008/09 | 2009/10 | 2010/11 | 2011/12 | To find the Archives for more recent years, go to the Events/Seminars page and scroll to the bottom, Past Events Chris Knittel, MIT Sloan School, “Cleaning the Bathwater with the Baby: The Health Co-Benefits of Carbon Pricing in Transportation” (with Ryan Sandle) [Paper] Joint with Environmental Economics Seminar David Laibson, Harvard University, “Shrouded Attributes and Information Suppression in Competitive Markets” (with Xavier Gabaix) [Paper].Wilfred Amaldoss and Chuan He, “Pricing Prototypical Products (2013),” Marketing Science, 32(5), 733-752. R., 2012, “Space, Time, and Intertemporal Preferences,” Journal of Consumer Research, 39 (4), 867-880. How can these sites help you find romance, and what pitfalls should you be aware of?Pros: Access to more people and more types of people.The most obvious benefit of these websites is that they provide easy access to thousands of potential dates.