Speed dating stats
A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al.(2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people.The survey included men and women, of many races and educational backgrounds, from all 50 states.The study’s author, Aaron Smith, said that answers across genders stayed surprisingly stable.On each date, people scored each other on attractiveness, intelligence, ambition, and some other things, along with a to seeing the other person again on a regular date. noted gender differences in mate selection, such as: “Women put greater weight on the intelligence and the race of partner, while men respond more to physical attractiveness.” And this: “Men do not value women’s intelligence or ambition when it exceeds their own.” Seemed like data worth checking out. The point of it all is to match every woman with every man for a short period of time so that by the end, every one has gotten a chance to quickly know each other.In case you’re unfamiliar with the speed dating process, here’s how it works. The assumption is that you can learn a lot about a person in a short period of time.Over the same period of time, use of Tinder, Hinge, and apps like them exploded.
Just two years ago, American adults ages 18 to 24 used online-dating sites and apps at an average rate for all American adults—about 10 percent. College-aged and post-college-aged Americans are now the most likely demographic to turn to the technology.That’s the most interesting result from a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday on Americans’ online-dating habits.Conducted early last summer, the poll found that use of the services has grown modestly since 2013.The survey doesn’t say, but it provides some clues.