For one, prospective daters were wary of proceeding sight unseen.If a profile did not include a photo, for example, both men and women were 20 times less likely to even look at the rest of the person's profile.Or is it more like a -style reality show, where contestants are picked off one by one for a single failing?
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Lin hopes that other dating sites will release similar data, because website design could play a bit part in how people make decisions.
For example, says Lin, "Tinder doesn't allow users to search, and emphasizes the photos much more than [personal] attributes, which might reduce the deal breaker effects." Then again, perhaps that simply shifts the deal breakers to a person's appearance instead.
"The science is absolutely solid." He suspects that deal breakers are more important at the early stage of mate selection when people are winnowing down a pool of candidates.
"I expect positive selection to kick in at a later stage of the search," he says.
This essay features teens voices as they describe their experience navigating dating in the digital age.