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It is possible to design a dating site that is strictly superior to all forms of traditional dating, since you can have a much larger pool to go through for good matches, and people are comfortable telling computers levels of details about their actual preferences no matchmaker is ever going to get.

Problem is, the financial incentives point in shitty, shitty directions. The more effective a dating site is at getting people into high-functioning relationships, the less repeat custom it gets. So most of them are deliberately designed to suck.

In theory, the financial incentives align right for.. eh..  the government... People in good relationships, generally being better citizens. But while it might be good policy, any politicians suggesting that the state should run a dating service is going to die from pure embarrassment.

by Thomas on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 08:45:36 PM EST
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