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THE WEIRD SCIENCE OF LOVE AND MATCHMAKING

Oct 25, 2017 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

If you’ve ever looked at couples that have been together for a lifetime and wondered how they make it happen, you might be surprised to learn, it’s science!

And with online dating more often than not becoming the place singles are looking to find love, it’s no secret that dating services are trying to reproduce that science to make perfect matches.

At popular online dating service eHarmony, for example, their dating experts surveyed more than 50,000 married couples in more than 23 different countries to discover the best scientific formula to help people find their match.

Over the past 17 years, eHarmony have been systematically improving their compatibility matching system to make sure they only match individuals who have the best chance at a successful relationship.

This is all based on their scientific research into the combinations of personalities, values and beliefs, which will lead to making the happiest couples.

At eHarmony, it’s not about random hook ups, it’s about lifelong matches, which is why they take their matching process so seriously.

The eHarmony algorithm for matching is not based on a lazy database of similarities, because they know similarity is rarely observed to account for relationship satisfaction in the literature.

Looking at married couples and the ‘Big Five’ personality traits (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism), the results of similarity playing a big part in the success of relationships have been mixed and oftentimes negligible.

eHarmony’s research shows that small but significant similarity effects exist for three of the five noted personality including Agreeableness, Extroversion, and Conscientiousness (similarity effects for Openness or Neuroticism were not found in their research).

In fact, the complex algorithm for matching successful couples includes a small degree of similarity in addition to beliefs, attitudes, values, and social and relationship roles, which are more likely to affect the outcome of a match.

Of course, there’s a lot more involved in eHarmony’s process for matching ideal soul mates, but interestingly, science has also found online dating is bringing about social cohesion and breaking down society’s social divides.

According to New Scientist Magazine, online dating is “changing the panama of diversity” by “breaking us out of existing social circles” due to the nature of matchmaking science.

While we once only met partners within our own social circles, the cyber world is allowing lovers to find each other where they might not normally have ever crossed paths before.

This is exciting for singles who are looking for love and are exploring all possibilities to find their perfect soul mate.

eHarmony is one of those companies dedicated to helping you explore every avenue to find a companion.

By completing a relationship questionnaire, you’ll receive your personality profile and you’re ready to review highly compatible matches for free.

Once you’re ready to communicate with your chosen matches, you have an opportunity to pick the payment plan that suits you. Then it’s time to start dating!

Love can be an experiment, but with the right formula, you’ll have the elements to find the perfect chemistry.

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