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” When you make a decision about who to establish communication with, it may not be a particularly well-informed one.
As Finkel and his colleagues state, you may make “lazy, ill-informed decisions” because you’re selecting from such a large group of potential matches.
e Harmony provides its users with advice on dating, relationships, and—of course—plenty of diagnostic quizzes.
That person may lie about some important fact, such as being married, but at least you have plenty of data in front of you on which to base some sort of decision.
Matching Online dating services pride themselves on having developed complex formulas, or algorithms, that will diagnose you and then apply this diagnosis to helping you find the perfect match uniquely qualified to be your ideal romantic partner.
Communication Because users can engage in extensive online communication (called “Computer Mediated Communication” or CMC), prior to meeting, they form impressions that may or may not correspond to those they eventually make when they see the real person.
When their expectation doesn’t match reality, they are then more disappointed than they would be if they had met the person earlier on in the relationship.
The mindset you develop in this process can also cause you to think of a romantic partner not as a person but as someone who is easily interchangeable with someone else.