Online dating for graduate students
In the world of online dating, men and women are looking to find someone a little out of their league, according to a new study.Scientists who analyzed user data from a popular dating site have found that heterosexual men and women reach out to potential dating partners who are on average about 25% more attractive than they are.
To find out, the scientists analyzed the messages they sent, picking up on some clear patterns.
Since its inception 17 months ago, Tinder, along with other online dating apps such as Grindr, Hinge and Twine, has had a growing presence on college campuses.
Sarah Flood, a second-year biology student who met her boyfriend more than a year ago on Tinder, joined without any expectations.
The scientists found that men and women sent initial messages to potential partners who were more desirable than them – men went 26% higher on average, while the women aimed 23% higher.
Did these users simply think they were more desirable than they actually were?