By Sarah Kessler A team commissioned by the Association of Psychological Science recently deemed the purely algorithmic approach to online dating no more effective at predicting compatibility than a good old-fashioned chat. We're not sure that any of the seven approaches below would be any more effective.
But many of them are certainly more fun. Stop Dating Strangers When the dating world plugged into the Internet, it largely catered to the classified-style dating that preceded it — facilitating meetings between strangers who might like each other.
But the age-old method of meeting dates through friends was largely ignored by online dating sites. On the invite-only site, only you, your friends and people connected to you by fewer than three degrees are visible. A personal reference for every potential date. Your common friends will inevitably hear feedback about your dates. Ivy League Men Only Sparkology has set out to filter its community with rigid criteria.
To join the site, you need to be a college graduate. If you're a man, you need to be a verified graduate of a school on the site's list of "top universities. Women pay a flat fee per month to be on the site. Men pay a small fee to start conversations, which theoretically prevents them from spamming everyone on the site. Men have to invest each time they communicate and are less likely to do so when they aren't sincerely interested. Although the site's founders point out that its list of top universities includes 85 schools, Sparkology is still no doubt missing some interesting, successful people who don't happen to have a top-notch college degree.
Less-Painful Introductions Once a site for listing personals, Nerve Dating relaunched in with a focus on natural ice breakers. Users post mini-updates on their profiles that answer simple questions such as "What did you do last night?
Another status to update. Quite simply, it uses the GPS feature on your phone to find singles near you, literally plotting them on a map. So far I have gotten one message on the network: Dating people near you seems practical.
When proximity is the major criteria of interest, there may be reason to question the motives of people who contact you. Activity Dating HowAboutWe puts focus on the date rather than the individual. Users propose fun activities. Other users can send them messages if they like their ideas.
Fewer coffee shops, more adventures. Similar Faces Soul2Match promises to match singles based solely on one piece of information from each of them: Founders Jorn Eiting and Linda van Liempt are serious.
The website compares your mugshot with other faces to rate your compatibility. Remember that research the company cites? Some of it shows that couples with similar levels of attractiveness are the happiest. Women were more likely to rate faces as attractive that had been manipulated to match their own. Trouble is, a later study by Lisa M. Group Dating Grouper arranges group dates between three women and three men.
Less pressure and a "meet three new people for one time commitment" structure. Here's to hoping you and your friends don't all fall for the same person in the other group. Etsy Etsy is a no-brainer for gifts, and even though its Valentine's Day board is rather sparsely populated, the content is super original.