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Chris McKinlay was folded into a cramped fifth-floor cubicle in UCLA's math sciences building, lit by a single bulb and the glow from his monitor. The subject: While the computer chugged, he clicked open a second window to check his OkCupid inbox. McKinlay, a lanky year-old with tousled hair, was one of about 40 million Americans looking for romance through websites like Match. He'd sent dozens of cutesy introductory messages to women touted as potential matches by OkCupid's algorithms.
How Online Dating Works
When I give the dating app LoveFlutter my Twitter handle, it rewards me with a axis breakdown of my personality: Is this good matchmaking or a gimmick? As a sex-crazed neurotic, I think you know where I stand. How we date online is about to change.
Back in , I decided to try online dating. My biggest concern was about how to write my dating profile. I also struggled with opening up with strangers, and I thought this trait would hamper my ability to find the woman of my dreams. All I needed to do was fill out some basic personal information. The machine matchmakers would do the rest.