Online dating and complications

Disability Horizons reader Simon Sansome, who met his wife online, debates the question.

The new year is well under way and with each new year comes a number of rituals.

This is because the online dating/matching (as provided by the commercial websites) lacks the basic ingredients for developing real love.

The most evident problem involves its use of several categories (plus a few photos) for the daters to predict and decide the effectiveness and success of their further interactions with one another.

The data set includes some 1.1 million interactions between users.This type of artificial "contact" contradicts the process of meaningful interpersonal interactions (to be explained), which generates love and attraction.To explain the problem, I need to first elucidate the ingredients for love and the meaningful interactions.Those 30 million people have generated billions of pieces of data.And because most dating sites ask users to give consent for their data to be used for research purposes, this online courting has played out like an enormous social science experiment, recording people's moment-by-moment interactions and judgments.Using online dating sites can be a great way to meet someone.

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