OPW - Jan 13 - Professor Paul Dolan has a special interest in happiness, and relationships. See his book, Happiness By Design. He hosted this British reality TV series on relationships which focused on couples that go through various games and tests to help them recognize if they should stay together or break up. He says that the way a couple speaks to each other is highly predictive of whether or not they will stay together. The indications of disrespect show their ugly head in the form of cynicism, criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling.
I believe the dating industry has a lot to gain by engaging with the academic community. They don't want money, they want data, interesting research and really cool findings that can be published in prestigious journals. Psychologists, sociologists and behavioral scientists want to connect with us. And we should want to put some time in with them and run experiments. It's win-win. The findings from these experiments will help us improve our services, and create more value for users. It's a marriage made in heaven, but takes an investment of time and patience.