MEDICAL LIFE SCIENCES NEWS - Nov 17 - A new study (with 634 participants in their 20s) in the journal of Experimental Social Psychology concludes that when people are especially attracted to someone, they'll be more likely to misrepresent and fib.
RESEARCH DIGEST - May 31 - Couples have sex 1 or 2 times a week, but ~half of sexual advances go unfulfilled. While having an advance accepted leaves partners feeling more content, this effect may be short-lived compared to the dissatisfaction of being rejected. 115 heterosexual couples age 19 to 64 kept sex diaries for 3 weeks about sexual advances and answered questions such as "How good is your relationship compared to most?" Changes in sexual satisfaction could still be detected days after advances were made. The team found that the boost in satisfaction from having an advance accepted persisted for 24 hours, with the slump of being rejected lasting twice as long. The gratification that came from being either an acceptor or a rejecter lasted a remarkable 72 hours.
PHYS.ORG - Feb 12 - Dating apps and sites could soon use computing algorithms that 'think' like humans to pinpoint fake profiles. Algorithms with this capability have been developed as part of wide-ranging research into combating online fraud led by the University of Warwick and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The new algorithms have been designed specifically to understand what fake dating profiles look like. When tested, the algorithms produced a very low false-positive rate (the number of genuine profiles mistakenly flagged up as fake) of ~1%.
NEWS.COM.AU - Dec 19 - Scientists have discovered that the major sign of sexual chemistry when people meet for the first time is to do with the voice. Anthropologists from the UK's University of Sussex trawled speed dating events and recorded potential matches chatting to see if there were patterns they could identify. Lead author Dr Katarzyna Pisanski said men were found to lower the pitch of their voice when they found someone they wanted to see again in the future - and the tone deepened even further if the lady was particularly desirable. Women spoke in a higher-pitched and less monotone voice on speed dates with men they chose as potential mates. However, if they sensed that a man was in strong demand, the higher-pitched vocals switched to significantly deeper pitches.
SUNDAY TIMES - Oct 21 - 25% of the dating app's users are in long-term relationships, say researchers. "A lot of people use Tinder while in a committed relationship," said Elisabeth Timmermans, a social scientist based at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, whose study of online dating included users in Europe and the US. Timmermans and her colleagues studied the dating habits and lifestyle of 1,482 Tinder users and asked them to take personality tests to see if genuine singles were any different from cheats. Individuals scoring high on psychopathy were more likely to use Tinder "in order to create a target-rich mating environment", says the study, published last week in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour. Also, attached men on Tinder are often just seeking approval. Only 50% of them reported having sex with a Tinder partner. All women who were using dating apps while in a committed relationship reported engaging in sexual intercourse [outside the relationship]," reported Timmermans and her colleagues.
Q&A With Mark Brooks Sunday Times: Is the industry aware and concerned of the very high proportion of non-singles using the dating apps? Mark Brooks: Yes, absolutely. They tend to lurk and 'test the waters.' I think when Ashley Madison started to come on the scene they sucked up many of the marrieds, and gave them a better home.
ST: Do you warn users about this? MB: Some dating apps require Facebook login, and when they see status is married, they don't allow them in. Hinge used to do this for example. But most dating apps make no attempt to sift out marrieds. It comes with the territory to some extent, but it would be great if dating services did more to protect the interests of those who do not want to meet marrieds.
ST: The research suggests that the non-singles using Tinder are nastier people and should be treated with caution. Is this fair? MB: Nastier is a strong but apt word. I think marrieds who are on Tinder are renegade. They're going to naturally have character traits that lead them to sign up and mislead singles. But many of the marrieds are mostly there to prop up their egos to see if they've still got game.
ST: The research also warns that such apps are designed to be addictive. Do you accept this? MB: OMG! Absolutely. Tinder was definitely designed to be highly addictive and game-like. It was spawned on campus and the creators tried to steer clear of dating nomenclature. It was and still is a game.
ST: What are the benefits of using apps like Tinder for a) singles b) non-singles? MB: It's a great starting point. But I think singles tend to need for more, and that's the brilliance of Match acquiring them. People will tend to want more, and upgrade to other dating apps, like Match.
ST: Is there any evidence that single people meeting via apps like Tinder are likely to have better quality relationships because they have effectively already been matched? MB: There should be, but I see little compelling research. Dating apps seek to improve on the real world, and I think they do. But they do not meet their potential. We're leaving a lot of value on the table IMHO.
ST: Have you any stats on the numbers of longer-term relationships resulting from meeting on Tinder? MB: I wish. That would be golden. I know of no longitudinal studies on the subject alas. eHarmony made some attempts in the past, but I've not seen anything emerge from Tinder yet.
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW - Oct 2 - One of the curious features of human courtship is the asymmetry between the roles that men and women play. In recent years, researchers have begun to study this phenomenon in more detail, thanks to the rise of online dating. These show that in general, men tend to initiate contact, and women, often flooded with contacts, are more selective with their responses. Rachel Dinh and colleagues at the University of Oxford in the UK measured the change in online dating behavior on eHarmony's UK site over a 10-year period. They found out that the asymmetry has become more pronounced. "While early on, people might have hoped online dating would create a more equal playing field for women to initiate courtship, it has become clear that online dating has not only reflected but exacerbated male-dominated initiation," say Dinh and co.
HAPPY COUPLE - Feb 15 - According to a recent study by behavioral neuroscientist Isaac J. Perron, Ph.D. who analyzed responses from an anonymized pool of 8,302 Happy Couple users, communication really is the key to a healthy relationship. Among Happy Couple users, playing more is one of the best predictors of which couples report being happy and healthy. Furthermore, this analysis shows that connection scores of certain key categories are among the best predictors of couple health, which stresses the importance of understanding your partner more so than being alike. Couples who are good at guessing their partner's answer in communication categories are more likely to feel encouraged in their relationship and keep their fights under control. Sexual connection is important for a good sex life, meaning that understanding your partner sexually a strong indicator of sexual health.
WASHINGTON POST - Feb 12 - In one study conducted by economist Raymond Fisman and colleagues for Columbia University, 392 singles were invited to participate in a speed-dating event. Each participant went on 10 - 20 four-minute dates. They then rated them on a 1-to-10 scale and indicated whether they would like that person's contact. 43%of them requested the contact information of the person they had just met. The data collected reveals that both men and women really care a lot about attractiveness (though men care ever so slightly more). However, women care about intelligence roughly twice as much as men. Men valued women's intelligence only until it matched their own, and they actually found women whose ambition exceeded theirs to be off-putting. A team of economists at the University of Chicago showed that when women out-earn their husbands, marital satisfaction is lower, and divorce is more likely.
GLOBAL TIMES - Jan 8 - Lovoo, Badoo, Tinder, Grindr, Her, Tantan, Momo, Blued and LesPark have proliferated both in the West and the East. They have enabled people to meet across social milieus, increased intercultural marriages and has led to more marriage stability, according to the MIT Technology Review magazine. But does it benefit everyone equally? The short answer is no. The nature of the dating apps favors those who are considered "attractive" by society's terms. "Society has been conditioned to see Caucasian people as the standard of beauty" the magazine Study Breaks wrote. Data analysis by OkCupid from 2009 to 2014 proved that people of color and Asian men are marginalized the most in the dating market. To find out more about the role that race plays in online dating in China, the Metropolitan launched a social experiment on the Chinese dating app Tantan. The platform has mainly Chinese users. Surprisingly, the results were similar to previous findings in the US. The Asian man scored lowest with a 3% match rate, while his Western counterpart reached 12% match rate. Meanwhile, the Asian woman received 15% match rate, while the Western woman received 66%.
HUFFINGTON POST - July 25 - It is said money doesn't buy happiness, but it does result in experiencing happiness. Economists from Case Western University were able to prove that increased household earnings caused improved emotional well-being. 75% of women in a ForbesWoman survey said they would turn down a marriage proposal from a man who is unemployed. Neil Clark Warren, founder of eHarmony.com famously proclaimed, "A couple needs to be within one standard deviation of each other in intelligence (10 points in either direction)". Intelligence strongly correlates with income, which is certainly a key underlying component of dating service The League.