The findings are not very robust at the moment, however, as the study was conducted in Taiwan on only 128 individuals, so they may not translate to other cultures and the way they approach online dating. More Options Lead to More Searching and Worse Choices in Finding Partners for Romantic Relationships Online: An Experimental Study.
The findings will likely ring true to many who have spent a lot of time on the popular online dating websites.
But as writer and ethnographer Leah Reich explains, having more choices doesn't necessarily work in our favor: "Here’s the problem with bigger numbers and endless possibility: They don’t go well with humans. Dating is not simply about finding like-minded people, but about limiting your potential set of choices.
When we’re making a selection from what sociologists call a bounded set of choices, we can 'satisfice' — that is, reach a kind of threshold of satisfaction.
But what they don’t say is that the more options you have, the more work you have to do to find profiles that actually match what you’re looking for. The participants were 128 youths and adults from southern Taiwan (69 men, 59 women; ages 18 to 36 years) who had membership in online-dating Web sites, as determined on a screening questionnaire.
Participants were assigned to view one of three profile groups — large (90 profiles), moderate (60 profiles), or small (30 profiles).
But we can't ignore the reality of the precipitous decline in the numbers of those choosing to walk down the bridal path.While browsing through a million profiles may sound like heaven to some initially, it’s possible that it’ll result in making poorer choices than if you had a much smaller number of profiles to search through in the first place. Grab the opportunity to attend before they become a rare occasion. Charles Martel, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California believe after carefully analyzing the data, prepared by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, on U. They claim it's yet another unfortunate consequence of the great recession we’re presently experiencing.And I have my own theory for this contemporary sorry state of affair.I know my research is only anecdotal and I have no proof to back up my claim but I think that rather than a new cultural aversion to the state of matrimony there's something else going on here. Men and women still fantasize about family and dream about a perfect partner with whom they'll live happily ever after. Having too many choices made them 10 times less likely to buy.