The Science of Online Dating

We also take a look at the science of matchmaking. Many online dating sites claim to have cracked the compatibility code, making true love as simple as filling out a questionnaire. We'll have a debate between an anthropologist who designed one of those questionnaires, and from a psychologist who doubts you can find love by checking a box.



Part Two of The Current

Science of Online Dating

Evan Marc Katz is a "dating coach" from Los Angeles. He calls himself "a personal trainer for love" and calls his website e-cyrano.com. It's dedicated to helping its users write profiles that make potential dates take notice. The problem with the web of course is that it's world-wide. The competition really couldn't be more intense. But Katz shared a few pointers on how to stand out from all that online noise.

But it takes more than a winning profile to meet your match these days. Websites have endless questionnaires to fill out and "tests" to do, all aimed at helping you find your perfect partner. But does the science behind online dating really work?

Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and the author of several books on love including her latest, Why Him? Why Her? She is also chief scientific adviser to Chemistry.com, a sister website of Match.com. Helen Fisher was in New York. And Eli Finkel is an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern University. He was one of five academics commissioned by the Association for Psychological Science to study online dating. The resulting article was published this month. Eli Finkel was in Evanston, Illinois.

This half hour was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.

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