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The second was that it took for ever — the typical survey respondent spent 12 hours a week browsing through profiles and sending and receiving messages, yielding less than two hours of offline interaction.
Now, 106 minutes are plenty for certain kinds of offline interaction but, however people were spending their time together, they didn’t seem satisfied.
In a similar vein, Wired magazine introduced us to Chris Mc Kinlay, “the math genius who hacked Ok Cupid” and managed to meet the woman of his dreams after cleverly reverse-engineering the website’s algorithms.
The brilliance of Mc Kinlay’s achievement is somewhat diminished by the revelation that he had to work his way through unsuccessful dates with 87 women before his “genius” paid dividends. Imagine looking at the anonymised dating profiles of 10 close friends and comparing them with the profiles of 10 mere acquaintances. It’s basically random.” It is crazy to believe that someone’s eye colour and height, or even hobbies and musical tastes, are a basis for a lasting relationship.
People enjoyed these virtual dates and, when they later met in person, the virtual date seems to have worked well as an icebreaker.
Virtual dating has not taken off commercially, says Norton, in part because companies have tried too hard to make it realistic, and have fallen into the “uncanny valley” of the not-quite-human.
We hold out hope that if only we could be cleverer, the algorithms would deliver the desired effect.