When it comes to online dating, we tend to think that having more options is a plus for finding the right relationship.
But, according to Brad Browning, a relationship counselor and dating coach from Vancouver, a bigger pool of potential mates can actually make it more difficult to find a partner.
More options leads people to think “that finding a soul mate is simply a matter of filtering through the candidates.” This is known as “tyranny of choice,” a phenomenon where people prematurely abandon promising relationships because they know they can find plenty of other potential partners online, said Browning.
Another downside to dating sites is shaky matchmaking tools. For instance, eHarmony requires users to complete a survey with 436 questions. The site then uses an algorithm to match up potential mates. But these questions don’t capture the information that actually predicts successful relationships, Browning said.
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