Once upon a time, people actually met in real life to date. It's all just so easy, especially when you're desperate for a warm body come Valentine's day. Why go outside and meet people when you can just swipe left or right on a screen from the comfort of your bed?
It may seem like online dating is straightforward, but what's happening behind the scenes—and your screen—can be confusing and can often produce bizarre results.
Here are some basic answers to the questions you might be too embarrassed to ask.1.
Am I really being matched with someone specifically for me, or is it all random chance? The problem has to do with how dating sites collect and parse our data.
A lot of sites ask some very basic questions, like whether you smoke or what religion you are. Dating sites are built to interview you individually, and I'd hazard a guess that you're not painting a truly accurate picture of yourself online. Some sites ignore your answers and instead look at your behaviors.
Between the time I started online dating and now, I've discovered exactly how dating websites work.