Our studies showed that the odds of meeting someone online and dating him more than a month are roughly one in 10.So it's great that all those people on the TV commercials met their spouses, but they are the exceptions, not the rule.After spending a decade at and Yahoo Personals writing compatibility formulas, psychologist Mark Thompson had fallen out of love with his work."Early on, there was real enthusiasm that we were going to figure out how to bring people together," he says.
Here are 15 other options, on which you might have a higher chance at matching with "the one" — or at least someone worth sticking with for a while.And you don't go in believing that science is behind the match. When diet companies show someone who lost a bunch of weight in six weeks, they have to say, "Results not typical." I think e Harmony and other sites should do the same. MT: It really depends on people's willingness to come back and tell us why each date didn't work out so the system could get smarter. I'm more likely to meet someone through a hiking group.It would be like Netflix, which learns from your preferences to make better predictions for you. MT: Because sex is a huge part of a relationship that people don't always focus on. "But now the industry is so competitive that it's more about what sites claim they can do than what us eggheads could actually do for people." So Thompson quit and used what he'd learned to write an analog guide to finding your libidinous match, (Sourcebooks, 2010).We talked to him about it, and about his booming former industry. MT: I hated the way we overpromised and underdelivered.