An empirical analysis of online dating
Once stigmatized as a venue for the desperate, online dating has become a normal part of the mating game.A recent survey of 19,000 people who married between 20 found that 35 percent of these new couples met online, with about half of those meeting through an online dating site (Cacioppo et al., 2013).Our design allows us to directly observe individual decisions rather than just final matches.Women put greater weight on ..." We study dating behavior using data from a Speed Dating experiment where we generate random matching of subjects and create random variation in the number of potential partners.Inequaliti ..." Economists wish to use data on matches to learn about the structural primitives that govern sorting.I show how to use equilibrium data on who matches with whom for semiparametric estimation of match production functions in many-to-many, two-sided matching games with transferable utility.And even though men generally contact women more than vice versa on these sites, research has shown that a sizable minority of women do reach out to men they find desirable online, suggesting that these sites allow some women to overcome traditional gender norms that cast them in a passive role of waiting to be approached (Scharlott & Christ, 1995). Shy or socially anxious individuals often have difficulty forming and maintaining close relationships (Alden & Taylor, 2004; Davila & Beck, 2002).Guenter Hitsch and Ali Hortacsu No 207, 2005 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics Date: 2005 References: Add references at Cit Ec Citations View citations in Econ Papers (10) Track citations by RSS feed There are no downloads for this item, see the Econ Papers FAQ for hints about obtaining it.
There are dating sites devoted to particular religious groups, like Christian Mingle or JDate, for example, as well as sites that cater to gay and lesbian daters. This removes a lot of the ambiguity that you face when you meet an interesting person at a work event or a party. Because of the ease and relative anonymity of online dating sites, we may take more risk reaching out to people we would not approach in person.
► There was a control condition with no pretense of dating.
► Men self-presented deceptively when expected a date.
The most obvious benefit of these websites is that they provide easy access to thousands of potential dates.
This can be especially beneficial for people who don’t have a large social circle.
In the public discourse, online dating is often seen as a unique phenomenon, distinctly different from traditional or ‘normal’ ways of finding one’s partner.