Lead researcher Elizabeth Bruch from the University of Michigan had to figure out, without using profile pictures, what is perceived to be desirable. "If you take two people, each of whom received a hundred messages, but person A received them from the most desirable people on the dating site and person B received them from the least desirable people on the dating site, we don't necessarily believe those two people are equally desirable," said Bruch.
On the other side, men in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Vancouver were the least likely to respond to online messages from women.
This may seem discouraging for singles that live in these cities, but data shows that a little effort goes a long way.
In the dog-eat-dog world of online dating, the theory that someone can be out of your league is now scientifically proven.
That's one of the main findings of a new study published yesterday in Science Advances.
” Men found more success in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, where women were less picky more likely to respond to messages, while women received more responses from men in Toronto, Hamilton, and Montreal.
We’re putting together lists of online dating sites, categorized by the audience of the site.
So being out of your league doesn't mean you aren't the perfect match in all the ways that matter.
The desirability index is meant to be a first step in determining desirability and then compatibilities, shared interests and sense of humour come next.
Women were the most desirable at their youngest (18 being the minimum age for these sites) and when college educated. While the results may be surprising, Bruch warns against taking these results out of context.
"When we talk about cornering the market in online dating, who corners the market is really dependent on who's in the population and this online dating population is predominantly white users," she said.
First recently examined interactions of single men and women in Canada between the ages of 18 and 99 to discover locations where singles were the least likely to respond to online dating messages.