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Online dating sites offer a panacea: a soulmate whose interests, background and disposition are congruent with ours.
And they share some common conceits: that similarity is good for a relationship, and that mathematical algorithms can predict compatibility.
In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.
Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“We will reach a point when people don’t distinguish between meeting online and off-line,” he says.
“We won’t refer to online dating; it will just be dating.” And we aren’t far away.
And there’s no strong evidence that computers can predict compatibility through measurable psychological variables.Why settle down when a better match is just a click away?