Here, then, is how to date online like a social scientist.
Tinder offers a one-sentence tagline and a selection of five photos, including the all-important first photo, or “calling card,” as the writer Amanda Lewis put it.
This more superficial breed of dating sites is capitalizing on a clear trend.
Only 36 percent of adults say marriage is one of the most important things in life, according to a 2010 Pew study, and only 28 percent say there is one true love for every person (men are more likely to say so than women).
Edward Royzman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, asks me to list four qualities on a piece of paper: physical attractiveness, income, kindness, and fidelity.
Then he gives me 200 virtual “date points” that I’m to distribute among the four traits.
It takes longer, more meaningful interactions, however, to pinpoint other traits, like if the prospective mate is open, agreeable, or neurotic.She points out a few other tips in her “Tinder glossary:” “Most players reflexively swipe left [reject] at the sight of a toddler or baby,” but posing with your adorable Lab can be an “effective misdirection.” And then there’s the iron law that “95 percent of players who choose a calling card that does not include a clear shot of their face are unattractive.”It’s not the first time in history that a face plays such an important role in one’s fate.Physiognomy, or the bogus theory that we can predict a person’s character from their features, was once a widespread doctrine.She launched Face Mate in 2011, drawing on her opinion that people in happy relationships tend to resemble each other.The site matches the photos of its users based on their faces’ bone structure using face-scanning techniques and a computer algorithm.So perhaps you should make that Tinder tagline all about how you volunteer at an animal shelter every weekend.