Dating as a science project

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When you’re online dating, why do you swipe left on one person and swipe right on another?

Are you carefully weighing every factor that makes someone a good romantic match?

Not according to a study of more than 1 million interactions on a dating website published this week in the .

The data set includes some 1.1 million interactions between users.

But beyond someone's looks, how much do any of these factors matter for mate selection?

Geologists often need to know the age of material that they find.

They use absolute dating methods, sometimes called numerical dating, to give rocks an actual date, or date range, in number of years.

If a profile did not include a photo, for example, both men and women were 20 times less likely to even look at the rest of the person's profile.And because most dating sites ask users to give consent for their data to be used for research purposes, this online courting has played out like an enormous social science experiment, recording people's moment-by-moment interactions and judgments.A team led by Elizabeth Bruch, a sociologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, tapped into this torrent of dating data.This is different to relative dating, which only puts geological events in time Most absolute dates for rocks are obtained with radiometric methods.These use radioactive minerals in rocks as geological clocks.

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