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Study: Online Dating Causes People to Lower Their Standards

A new study finds that online dating causes people to lower their standards. Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, watched the behavior of nearly 42,000 people between the ages of 18 and 80 who were using an Australian dating site called “RSVP” from Jan. 2016 through April 2016. About 78 percent of the participants were men. The people on the dating site would list seven categories for an ideal mate: hair color, eye color, body type, education level, personality type, political view, and religious affiliation. The authors found that instead of searching until they found someone who met their dating criteria, participants were likely to communicate with people who had only some of those characteristics. The study showed that more than 65 percent of the contacts had one or less category that matched their wish list. About one in three contacts had zero matching attributes. Here’s the complete story from Study Finds.

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