At the same time, the algorithms completely ignore principles that have large effects on relationship well-being (e.g., stress and interaction quality).
(If you are interested in reading more about the problems with these algorithms, click here for a NYT editorial by Finkel and Karney.) Here, we wish to describe precisely what would constitute compelling evidence that a matching algorithm is indeed effective.
So when Roberta Caploe was ready to start dating again after a divorce, she didn’t ask her friends to fix her up or feel the need to frequent bars or health clubs.When my marriage ended 11 years ago, I went online. They loved to ski, surf, go to the theater, travel to exotic places, go for walks on the beach, run marathons and read. "People present themselves in the best light online," he said. So I signed up for Match.com, which has more than 21.5 million subscribers. One woman wrote me, "Unlike Popeye, I am NOT what I am but if nothing else I am kind and compassionate and to top it off I am interesting and exciting." None of the women on Match were boring. Philip Muskin, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, is not surprised.In the for-profit world, a number of companies have tried to match people using technology; many of these are listed in the Timeline of technology-assisted dating services.In addition, at least the governments of Japan and Singapore have in some form tried to intervene in the romantic lives of its citizens.