Unlike some direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies (such as those claiming to offer genetically tailored nutritional supplements, which have been subject to enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive claims), there is some legitimate science behind the new DNA-matching dating websites.While genetics seems to play some role in human sexual attraction, it clearly is not the only, or even predominant, factor determining human mate choice.Fifty years from now, your grandchildren won’t be asking how Grandma and Grandpa met, but rather which online dating website they choose.According to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one-third of married couples today met through a dating website.These algorithms take personal information, such as your interests, and push the data through a computer to calculate a couple’s degree of compatibility (or lack of).Services like Gene Partner offer DNA tests to check for genetic compatibility, while Ok Cupid’s matching algorithm is powered by a user-generated personality test.The winner will receive a ,000 scholarship to go towards his or her education.
Once the last resort for lonely hearts, online dating has become socially acceptable, even widespread – 4.7 million British people visited a dating site during 2008.
Not only did they find a mate online, but they report higher satisfaction with said partner and are statistically less likely to end their marriage in divorce.
Online dating is more than a trend — it’s the norm; a very successful one at that.
Inherent strengths and weaknesses are associated with each one.
When you know your personality type, you can take advantage of the strengths and downplay the weaknesses.