This is especially good, the authors say, for those who might otherwise have a hard time meeting people — single parents, workaholics, those who are new in town, recently divorced or not heterosexual.As one single man says in the report, “Where else can you go in a matter of 20 minutes, look at 200 women who are single and want to go on dates?

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Finkel’s “second original sin” of online dating is the promotion of scientific algorithms for compatibility.

Some sites, such as e Harmony, match people based on similarities.

And you’re less likely to commit to that option,” Finkel says.

“It’s like, ‘Eh, there’s something better out there,’ or ‘I’m overloaded.’ ” The online dating industry’s reliance on profiles is what Finkel calls its “first original sin.” People naturally try to present a polished version of themselves, often stretching the truth on matters such as age, weight and height.

“Maybe after 50 different guys you’ve been conversing with, one might be worth a date.” What’s more, it’s not always good to have more choices.

In one oft-cited experiment, people who chose a sample from six kinds of chocolate were more satisfied with their treat than those who chose from 30 options.

” But the process doesn’t necessarily help form strong relationships.

Browsing through profile after profile “can result in the objectification of potential partners,” the study says.

And the average online dater spends 12 hours a week at the endeavor.