You simply swipe on this stuff and then meet over a pint of beer or a cup of coffee. Online dating is a tremendous asset for us because it broadens the dating pool and introduces us to people who we otherwise wouldn't have met." Finkel's most recent piece of research on the topic is a study he co-authored with Samantha Joel and Paul Eastwick and published in the journal Psychological Science.
In 2012, Finkel co-authored a lengthy review, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, of several dating sites and apps, and outlined several limitations to online dating.
For example, many dating services ask people what they want in a partner and use their answers to find matches.
But research suggests that most of us are wrong about what we want in a partner — the qualities that appeal to us on paper may not be appealing IRL.
Singles typically don't adopt an either/or approach to dating — either casual sex or a serious relationship.
Most of them want to have fun, meet interesting people, feel sexual attraction and, at some point, settle into a serious relationship.
Then they set the students loose in a speed-dating session to see if they could predict who would like who.