As it turns out, the researchers could predict nothing.
Actually, the mathematical model they used did a job of predicting attraction than simply taking the average attraction between two students in the experiment.
Here's Finkel: "These companies don't claim that they're going to give you your soulmate, and they don't claim that you can tell who's compatible with you from a profile.
You simply swipe on this stuff and then meet over a pint of beer or a cup of coffee. Online dating is a tremendous asset for us because it broadens the dating pool and introduces us to people who we otherwise wouldn't have met." Finkel's most recent piece of research on the topic is a study he co-authored with Samantha Joel and Paul Eastwick and published in the journal Psychological Science.
“Unless you are exceptionally sociable, meeting new people can be stressful and incredibly tiring, as well as fun.
It almost becomes a job of work called “finding The One’… Go deeper into yourself and explore new ways of meeting people.
River describes the “ease of the swipe” as sometimes being a hindrance to actually deciding on someone to meet up with.
Finkel wrote: "[S]uperficiality is actually Tinder's greatest asset.
Singles typically don't adopt an either/or approach to dating — either casual sex or a serious relationship.
Ask somebody, 'What does it feel like to not have any realistic possibility of meeting somebody that you could potentially go on a date with? Finkel is a psychologist at Northwestern University and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management; he's also the author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage." Finkel and his colleagues have been studying online dating for years.
Their current conclusion is that the matching algorithms so many companies claim to use to find your soul mate don't work.
Sure, the model could predict people's general tendency to like other people and to be liked in return.