Call me old-fashioned but I’ve always been dubious over the thought of meeting people on-line.
I mean, I get it, busy lifestyles etc make it easier to meet people this way, but the thought of someone judging me in about two seconds before deciding to swipe left or right seems a tad shallow?
Well a new study has revealed the success rate for relationships via said dating sites.
Researchers from the University of Kansas found that relationships on Tinder tend to be doomed.
The finding comes after results suggested personality is deemed more important than looks when finding a partner.
You don’t say!
Researchers found that people’s perceptions of potential dates’ attractiveness goes up after they have a positive face-to-face interaction, according to the Daily Mail, but only for those who were rated mid to low attractiveness based on their photo.
As those who were deemed good looking could not increase in attractiveness, it was those in the middle who received higher ratings for being friendly and having a good sense of humor.
The University of Kansas researchers investigated how a person’s perception changes once they ‘meet’ on a dating app compared to when they come face-to-face in real life.
The team discovered that those in pursuit of a match need to keep in mind that a person’s physical appearance gives no clues as to how you will perceive them in in-person.
They said that by rating someone’s attractiveness before meeting them, it diminishes the rater’s evaluation of that person afterward.
Jeffrey Hall, the associate professor of communications studies said:
With Tinder and user-directed online dating services, people try to manage the vast number of profiles by picking the most attractive people.
The professor continued:
Several researchers have made the critique that it is not the best way to find a partner.
We wanted to look at how physical attractiveness ratings change and whether evaluating a person’s photo in a lineup, helps or hurts the interaction you’re going to have.
To come to this conclusion, Hall and his team recruited 65 pairs of strangers for the study, who were divided into three groups to carry out different tasks.
The first group were asked to view photos of 10 opposite-sex individuals and rate each from one to ten based on physical attractiveness.
These individuals were then brought to a lab where they came face-to-face with one of the ten people in the picture and were prompted to hold a ten-minute conversation.
Afterwards, they were then asked a series of questions including ‘Did you think this person was likable, charismatic, responsive, smart and funny?’.
They then had to evaluate the same ten photos, allowing researchers to see if any perceptions of attractiveness had changed.
Hall and his team found that there was only a change in the attractiveness rating for the person participants had interacted with.
Basically, if you’re deemed really good looking there was no chance to improve, if you were deemed ok, then you have the ability to be rated more highly.
On his conclusion Hall said that using physical attractiveness to determine which people to date is a bad idea.
[Doing that] Misses a lot of what makes for a good conversation, and the characteristics of a good conversational partner change how attractive they are in your eyes.
If the person’s personality is wonderful, your evaluation of their physical attractiveness will follow.
Well that proves it, there’s hope for me yet!