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New Delhi: A research revealed that when it comes to online dating, women do not like to make the first move but would rather send ‘meek signals’ in order to continue the chat.

Even if they are interested, the women still do not take a step forward to initiate the online chatting.

Weak signalling is the ability to visit or ‘check out’ a potential mate’s profile so the potential mate knows the focus-user visited.

Women, cleverly would use flirting equivalents using the suggestive look or bodily gesture like a hair toss to one side or an over the shoulder glance, subjecting to innumerable interpretations and various misinterpretations.

It has also been found that users with anonymous identity viewed more number of profiles. It is also likely that they checks out same-sex and interracial matches.

But mostly they end up with fewer matches than non-anonymous counterparts.

The female users with anonymous browsing end up with an average of 14 percent fewer matches.

Men being on the bold and unreserved side, take the cue.

“Men send four times the number of messages than women do,” said Akhmed Umyarov, assistant professor at University of Minnesota.

50,000 users were given free access to feature for a month to examine the impact of anonymous browsing telling them to view profiles of other users without leaving digital traces.

Professor Ravi Bapna said, “Even though people are willing to pay to become anonymous in online dating sites, we find that the feature is detrimental to the average users.”

Future academic analysis on online dating can be followed using this study published in the journal Management Science.

Such experiments can prove to be useful in online matching platforms, improving the consumer experience. But experiments are to be done ethically, the researchers added.(IANS)

 

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Online Daters Tend to Aim High, Study Says

People have probably been pining for unattainable love interests since the dawn of time

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A man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi, India. (VOA)

Most people who use online dating websites seek partners who are out of their league, said a study Wednesday based on heterosexuals in four big US cities.

“Both men and women pursued partners about 25 percent more ‘desirable’ than themselves,” said the report in the journal Science Advances.

Hardly anyone reached out to people who ranked significantly lower than themselves.

People’s desirability was determined using a ranking algorithm based on how many messages they received from other popular users on a dating site in New York, Seattle, Boston and Chicago.

“If you are contacted by people who are themselves desirable, then you are presumably more desirable yourself,” said the study.

Using this PageRank algorithm, which is employed by web search engines, researchers could establish a person’s “league,” which they scientifically coined “hierarchies of desirability.”

For some at the pinnacle of the dating game, the flurry of messages from would-be suitors was dizzying.

“The most popular individual in our four cities, a 30-year-old woman living in New York, received 1,504 messages during the period of observation, equivalent to one message every 30 min, day and night, for the entire month,” said the study.

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Study: Online Daters Aim ‘Out of Their League’. Pixabay

While researchers did not reveal the end to this lady’s love story, they did find that the majority of daters on the site tended to reach out to people who were ranked higher than themselves.

They also tended to send lengthier messages to people deemed higher on the desirability ladder.

In most cases, these long-shots fell short.

When there is a big gap in desirability between online daters, “there is a pronounced drop in the probability of reply,” said the report.

And only in Seattle were there signs that long letters were more successful than short messages at getting a potential mate to respond.

People have probably been pining for unattainable love interests since the dawn of time.

Also Read: Online Trolls Exposed By FBI Task force

But taking a scientific look at the phenomenon gives cause for hope, according to lead author Elizabeth Bruch, a sociologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“I think a common complaint when people use online dating websites is they feel like they never get any replies,” she said.

“This can be dispiriting. But even though the response rate is low, our analysis shows that 21 percent of people who engage in this aspirational behavior do get replies from a mate who is out of their league, so perseverance pays off.” (VOA)

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