That is, what would it take to convince skeptics like us that the use of an algorithm improves people’s chances of forming and maintaining a satisfying relationship relative to traditional offline ways of meeting a romantic partner?
“All kinds of people are doing it,” says Caploe, 54, a publisher who lives in New York City. But with 87 million singles in the United States and nearly 40 million dating online, it seemed a good way to meet someone."No one is going to respond to someone who says they are a couch potato and likes to stay home."I was lucky. (I have friends who have been on dating sites for years.) I corresponded with 50 women and met 15 for drinks, which is recommended over meeting someone for dinner. Because if after 15 minutes you don't like the person you are stuck; and for men that means the bill as well.In terms of discussion of romance, while there seem to be various books (especially pop science and self-help books) written on the subject of romance, as well as various online communities dedicated to helping people meet their romantic needs (e.g.the pick-up artistry movement), romance doesn’t seem to be thought of as a cause to focus on, in the sense that e.g.
In the for-profit world, a number of companies have tried to match people using technology; many of these are listed in the Timeline of technology-assisted dating services.