When this post was first written, as a hand-coded page, there was a good example site, which included astrology, numerology, and palmistry tests, as well as a short questionnaire and an unusual body-shape test. The consensus of the scientific community is that astrology, numerology, and palmistry are pseudo-sciences, are nonsense, and don’t work. So if computer dating has anything to do with these apparently worthless pseudo-sciences, then it probably doesn’t work either. Or does it?
- computer dating is big business with hundreds of service providers
- some computer dating companies have millions of subscribers
- some computer dating companies have thousands of new subscribers a day
- some people have used computer dating to find good lovers and spouses
- many people have used computer dating and found almost exactly the kind of person they said they wanted
- reliable statistics are unavailable, but more and more people are using computer dating
- BUT NO, IT DOESN’T WORK — because the answers it produces are wrong.
- The data they collect is wrong,
- there is not enough of it,
- and they ignore the first derivative, the rate of change of personality — and thus cannot even guess at true long-term compatibility.
Copyright © 2002 Douglas P. Wilson