2016 men seeking women dating love sites usa - The secret science of online dating

Unlike other dating Web sites, where users browse through a bevy of potential mates (Match.com) or automatically get paired up based on personality tests (e Harmony.com), Ok Cupid relies on an algorithm that measures a series of compatibility traits (e.g., cleanliness) in three ways: your answer, how you'd like your partner to answer, and how important that trait is to you.

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The man behind these recent findings, Christian Rudder, is not a sociologist, nor does he consider himself an academic of any sort.

Instead, he works for the dating Web site Ok Cupid.

And his monthly blog, Ok Trends, which he launched last year, is suddenly one of the most popular Web destinations—2 million people have visited in the last six weeks—for fans of fascinating data about how we live and love.

Rudder is the gatekeeper of the trove of data that have been collected by Ok Cupid since its inception in 2004.

Income levels definitely affect them, and they're more hung up on race than I would have thought." (According to the data, white women respond to only about 20 percent of messages from blacks and Hispanics.)Not all social scientists are impressed by Rudder's conclusions, pointing out that his methodology isn't peer reviewed.

"I view the blog as a fascinating source of data about people on Ok Cupid, but I am skeptical of many of the broader claims based on these data," says Andrew T.

It is very unlikely that Oregonians who use Ok Cupid are a representative sample of all Oregonians."Other academics are less dismissive, but agree that the findings should be taken with a grain of salt.

"It's pop sociology as opposed to rigid social science, but it does generate some interesting conversation around some captivating issues," says Todd Schoepflin, the chair of Niagara University's sociology department.

Fiore, a media expert at Michigan State University who studies online dating.

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