Whether it’s picking a T-shirt from a range of 20 different colors, or finding an online match among thousands, “choice overload” has been proven to lead people to make worse choices.In studies, people tend to make smarter, more sensible picks when selecting from a smaller batch (6 to 10) compared to dozens or options.
As a result, you may ignore or skip past perfectly good choices that pop up later.
To avoid this problem, limit your searches in terms of profiles and time.
The truth is that you can’t substitute a scientific formula or digital communications for the vibes you get when you actually meet someone in the flesh. If you want Cupid’s arrow to strike you from the online dating cloud, don’t be sucked in by false scientific claims or millions of dating choices.
Select the sites that make the most sense for you, don’t overwhelm yourself with too many options, and don’t waste your effort and money on extensive profiling.
Some sites even promise “scientific formulas” to create perfect matches, making it sound as if the odds of finding true love are all but guaranteed.
Unfortunately, though, just like that certain someone who fails to call for a follow-up date, there are indications these sites don’t come through on their promises.
Dating sites don’t use controlled studies, for example, which would be nearly impossible.
These issues haven’t stopped promoters from making outlandish, unproven claims, such as the bizarre one from Gene Partner, a site that says its matchmaking abilities are superior because it incorporates users’ DNA: “Now, hard science is making it easier to find true love.
(MORE: Here’s How Your Identity Will Be Stolen: The Top 10 Scams) What’s worse, online dating services make claims that are largely unfounded.
Sites may say they use scientific methods and proven algorithms as the basis for matching, but they don’t release the data due to proprietary reasons, or the data they produce don’t fit the criteria for scientific acceptability.
A new matchmaking system uses DNA to help find your dream date, and it’s redefining what it means to be compatible.” Flawed though these sites are, many singles still view them as the best option.