The researchers had undergraduates fill out questionnaires about their personality, their well-being, and their preferences in a partner.
Then they set the students loose in a speed-dating session to see if they could predict who would like who.
In the 2012 review, Finkel and his colleagues used the term "choice overload" to describe what happens when people wind up making worse romantic choices when they've got more of a selection.
(Other psychologists say we can wind up making worse decisions in general when we've got too many options.) Mandy Ginsberg, the CEO of Match Group North America, who oversees Match, Plenty of Fish, and OKCupid, alluded to something similar when she said online dating isn't a panacea.
Their current conclusion is that the matching algorithms so many companies claim to use to find your soul mate don't work.
Your profile on HER can be as simple or as in-depth as you want it to be: just add a textbox like you would a picture and write away.
While this freedom is endearing, a few simple prompts a la Ok Cupid might be helpful.
Editor’s Note: These 5 apps were Chloe’s choices in 2015 when this article was first featured, as a follow-up to her 2013 review.
Over the last two years, we’ve seen a few new additions, most notably Find Femmes and Compatible Partners.
Ultimately, there's absolutely no guarantee you'll meet someone online.