As one columnist who used the service put it, “There’s a short bio, age, and mutual friends listed, but who’s really paying attention to that stuff when your Tinder flame is wearing next to nothing on the beach?
”Then there’s Hinge, which uses a similar interface, but is backed by recommendations from the user’s “social graph,” such as their school or career field.
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).
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.
It seems people might only be able to determine the extremes of a personality from a photo, rather than its nuances.
(One study found that the owner of an "honest" face is not any more likely to be trustworthy, for example.)It’s true that attractive people generally are treated more nicely by others, and they might have better-adjusted personalities as a result. In relationships, personality eventually overtakes attractiveness—or at the very least, we tend to find people more attractive when we think they have good personalities.
Physiognomy, or the bogus theory that we can predict a person’s character from their features, was once a widespread doctrine.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.Charles Darwin first began to develop his theory of natural selection while journeying on the as a “gentleman companion” to its captain, Robert Fitzroy, but only after nearly being turned down from the job because Fitzroy thought “no man with such a nose could have the energy" required for an arduous voyage.There has been some evidence that strangers can accurately predict qualities like extraversion, emotional stability, and self-esteem based on photos.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.Hockey players with wider faces, considered a sign of aggression, spend more time in the penalty box.It takes longer, more meaningful interactions, however, to pinpoint other traits, like if the prospective mate is open, agreeable, or neurotic.Grindr serves up a mosaic of gay bachelors’ head and body shots.There are also a raft of appearance-based spin-off sites, such as Facemate, a service that aims to match people who look physically similar and thus, the company’s founder claims, are more likely to have chemistry.