Online dating study 2012
Nearly half a million people received an e-mail from u Samp, a company that pays people to take part in surveys.
From the nearly 200,000 who responded, a population of 19,131 people were chosen, all of whom got married between 20.
The sites offer some information about other members but more importantly allow participants visiting a museum, say, to ask others logged on nearby to meet up.
"There's no better way to figure out whether you're compatible with somebody than talking to them over a cup of coffee or a pint of beer," Finkel said.
To ensure that the sample is representative of the U. population, u Samp controls for factors such as time spent online in daily life.Cacioppo is a scientific adviser to e Harmony, one of the largest online dating sites.He convinced the company to pay for an online survey of Americans.Second, it "overloads people and they end up shutting down," Finkel said.He compared it to shopping at "supermarkets of love" and said psychological research shows people presented with too many choices tend to make lazy and often poor decisions.