e Harmony provides its users with advice on dating, relationships, and—of course—plenty of diagnostic quizzes.Although these online dating sites attract millions of customers and billions of dollars, scientific study reveals that they cannot possibly come through on these promises.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.This trait game, along with Royzman’s review of the literature on attraction, hints at some of the endless quirks of the online dating marketplace.You might like someone online, but they put 100 on income, and unfortunately you’re about a 10.
Maybe you think fidelity is something people can cultivate over time?
We’re offering the following five tips on how to keep your bank account and your personal information safe while getting a date.
Know your privacy limits, what makes you uncomfortable and what you’re willing to deal with in order to be on a dating site, and don’t compromise.
Roughly 40 million Americans use online dating sites like Match.com, Zoosk.com, and e to find love, and that number is on the rise.
And while many do meet “the one”—17% of people who married in the past year met their mate on the internet–they’re also facing serious privacy issues along the way.