But these are questions/considerations that need to be taken into account.
If online dating sites claim to help find lasting love — a "match" — questions like these are a crucial part of evaluating long-term companionship.
And it's not even them; it's a digital impersonation, and a poor one, at that.
Perhaps more importantly, once the online dater sees a potential match’s name and/or photo, the next step is to spend a bit of time scouring the internet to get more information about them, before they have even had a chance to respond to the first message sent.3.
Where are the questions about environment, economic conditions, and outside influences?
(Example: Long-standing research shows that when couples encounter stress or unexpected demands on their energy, their satisfaction with their relationship declines, often leading to breakup or divorce.)Why don't these dating sites take critical happenings, variables and milestones into account when evaluating compatibility — money management, financial strain, losing a job, illness, death of a parent, moving, raising kids (not "do you want kids," but rather, asking questions about parenting style and actually raising kids)?
And while the questions these surveys do ask are usually centered on individual wants, needs, behaviors, and characteristics, they only address a very small part of what makes human beings compatible.
The “Business” of Online Dating Success When it comes to measuring the success of online and mobile dating, it turns out that research studies and success stories are usually gathered via commissioned research through a third party and paid for by the dating site.
First, to match someone with a potential mate, these questionnaires must be answered honestly and accurately, and they aren't (more on that coming shortly).
And the questions these surveys ask are really about dating, not relationships, and there's a big difference between dating someone today and being compatible for the long term.
Moreover, this study examined many online venues: virtual worlds, chat rooms, multiplayer games, and social networks, as well as many dating sites.
What's needed to evaluate online dating success is information from a source that doesn't have a vested interest in the outcome, like the recent study from the Association for Psychological Science which discusses the notion that, although people are using online dating sites, the way people actually found spouses over the last several years remains largely unchanged.