The ability to find out more ahead of time, versus the proverbial "blind date" or even meeting a stranger at a party, is an advantage that online dating has over conventional dating—if you ask questions, and if the other person genuinely shares.
Similarly, greater communication predicted a more successful first date, especially when people really were similar to each other.
It will be interesting to see what subsequent research reveals about long-term predictors of online dating success. At least, when going online for serious relationships, consider: 1) Looking for people who share genuine similarities with you; 2) Communicating a lot before the first date.
And make sure it is high quality communication; 3) Asking a lot of questions.
Likewise, there was no point at which having less uncertainty about the other person became a negative.
The more someone knew—the better and the more they had asked about the other person ("information seeking")—the more likely the first date was to be successful, presumably because doing so reduced uncertainty.
At that time, 22% of heterosexual couples reported meeting online.Overall, the researchers note that relationships don't go smoothly from online to in-person, confirming what many people who online date already know.There's often a jarring difference between how it feels online and what it feels like in person.There was no point at which there was too much similarity, at least right after the first date.Further research is required to see if and when this more-is-better finding carries out over the long run.Yet, 1/3rd of people who have used a dating site have never met up for an in-person date.