Scientists Play Matchmaker On The Web

from the matching-faces dept

Following the news that people will pay for an online dating service, and the recent success of eMode’s “scientific” personality-based dating offering, it’s really not a huge surprise that some researchers at MIT are working on a new online dating system that tries to match how you look with your personality. It works by having many people rate certain personality characteristics about people, based on their picture, and then matching up those people with compatible personalities. Of course, this brings up questions about how accurate the personalities match with how the person looks – and also whether or not looks really determine what sort of person you are. However, as they point out, since “first impressions” have such an impact on how someone feels about the people they meet, using these aggregated first impressions can be helpful in figuring out what sort of response a potential date might have to someone.

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