Ehrlich added that since students are mostly required to take classes related to their majors it is often difficult to meet students in other areas of study, and that Date My School provides students with an expanded dating pool.
This experience is exacerbated for graduate students, Ehrlich wrote, as they don’t have as many opportunities to participate in clubs or dormitory style living that undergraduates often engage in.
“Our findings suggest that when males craft their profiles, they should attempt to highlight their perceived similarities with the females they are hoping to attract, while highlighting what they think makes them stand out from the competition,” he said.
“Depending on the particular pair of users, these two factors may be at odds.” The researchers analyzed three months worth of anonymous data from a popular dating site from September to November 2013.
“The site can then adjust recommendations so that the female is linked to a more diverse set of men who are different from her current suitors, but still similar to her, which our results suggest would lead to more successful matches.” Because their data came from a dating site in which most interactions were male-female and most often were initiated by males, the researchers were unable to study male-male and female-female interactions, or cases where females initiated contact with males.