Interview-based research has identified a “kid in a candy store” phenomenon, whereby some online daters report that they are less likely to commit to a relationship and work through hurdles when they know there are always other options easily available. It is possible that some daters do find better matches when they have larger pools of partners, whereas others fall prey to the allure of always looking for someone better.3) Individual differences: age, motivation, and socio-economic status.Of course, it is possible that some, all, none, or an interaction between these factors contribute to the slight advantage of online dating over traditional dating. Are there any other factors that we should consider? It simply increases your pool while giving you some info which can weed out the ones you don't want. You may have heaps in common and they may be witty and agreeable online when they have had time to compose their replies.20 emails though doesn't trump one real life date in terms of knowing if "thats the one". For me, what on-line does is it requires women to put forth some effort and to reveal what they are looking for up front. When he and I finally got together in the so-called “real world,” we each were as expected. Having said all that: If someone were to ask if I would recommend getting together with a person they’ve met online, I’d urge caution; tell them to spend lots of time exchanging correspondence before the face-to-face. Having said all that: If someone were to ask if I would recommend getting together with a person they’ve met online, I’d urge caution; tell them to spend lots of time exchanging correspondence before the face-to-face. In real life they may have poor social skills, be rude to the wait staff, or just be lacking in 'chemistry'.Ok Cupid asks quirkier questions (e.g., “wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and live on a sailboat? The idea that we can use reliable tests to identify appropriate partners is certainly seductive (forgive the pun).However, scientific research does not support it, at least when it comes to personality compatibility.However, this similarity was not shown to contribute to relationship satisfaction.This being said, to rigorously test dating companies’ claims, the scientific community would need access to their exact compatibility algorithms, which we currently do not have. As discussed in my previous post, traditional dating is based on physical proximity, with individuals choosing partners with whom they intersect frequently in everyday life, such as at work or school.
Second, online daters are a self-selected group, who decided to invest time, energy, effort, and often money (for paid sites) into finding a romantic partner.Finally, research shows that online daters tend to be wealthier and more highly educated than traditional daters.Both income and education are factors that are associated with a decreased likelihood of divorce.Therefore, their motivation to build satisfying relationships may be higher, leading them to be more committed towards and work harder at their relationships.By contrast, some traditional daters may stumble into relationships that they may not have specifically sought or ardently desired to begin with.