Finkel says the overall percentage of marriages in the survey is "on the high end of what I would have anticipated."Sociologist Michael Rosenfeld of Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., says the numbers seem "reasonable."He says his own research, published last year in the American Sociological Review, found 22% of newly formed couples had met online, "but couples who meet online are more likely to progress to marriage than couples who meet in other ways." He says his new analysis of nationally representative data found that of 926 unmarried couples followed from 2009 to 2011, those who met online were twice as likely to marry as those who met offline.Although Rosenfeld says the paper is a "serious and interesting paper" and "Cacioppo is a serious scholar with a big reputation," he is concerned that "the use of an Internet survey which leaves non-Internet households out might bias the results."Harris Interactive says the results have been weighted to correct for potential bias in its online surveys.Every day Christians meet on the boards and discuss topics from Christian dating experiences, church life, to current events."For people who want to whine and moan about how online dating isn't working," says psychologist Eli Finkel, "go back in time to 1975.It's easy and free, and as you gain the confidence you can follow it up with a message. Our dedicated, award-winning support team are only a quick email away should you need help.We also have loads of advice covering everything from dating, relationships and faith by top Christian writers on our Christian dating blog.Sure, the model could predict people's general tendency to like other people and to be liked in return.But it couldn't predict how much one specific person liked another specific person — which was kind of the whole point.
About 45% of couples met on dating sites; the rest met on online social networks, chat rooms, instant messaging or other online forums.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.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.
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