According to an infographic entitled Big Data Seeks Online Love by the Berkeley School of Information, one in 10 Americans has used a dating site or mobile app, and 23 percent have met a spouse or long-term partner through these sites.
In fact, 11 percent of American couples who have been together for 10 years or less met online. In 2005, 47% of people agreed that online dating allows you to find a better match; in 2013, that number went up to 53%. Forty-four percent said yes in 2005, while 59% said yes in 2013."There is no evidence that dating sites do anything much more than increase the pool of potential partners," said Eli Finkel, a psychologist at Northwestern University who studies relationships.
If you want to meet someone, there are any number of big dating sites and apps available.
For romance, the major big dating players include Match.com, and e Harmony -- all promise long-lasting relationships.
Or, as Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld put it, "The algorithms for matching at dating sites are mostly smoke and mirrors."I have heard many different data scientists describe their strategic approaches to big dating algorithms.
Thod Nguyen, CTO of e Harmony, describes its approach as a compatibility matching system consisting of a "very sophisticated three tier process." A compatibility matching model identifies potential matches based on a proprietary 29-dimensional array.
A generation ago, most young men would have considered happy hour at the Chainsaw Sisters Saloon a target-rich environment. Most importantly, while the odds of "getting lucky" were low, they were nonzero.So even if she said, "You're more likely to get struck by lightning than to go home with me," he could answer, "Awesome! "Millennials empirically know that bar crawling is for recreation -- not for archaic, time-wasting, low-percentage mating rituals.