In case you weren’t already totally discouraged about Valentine’s Day approaching when you have no one to share it with and find yourself wondering whether you ever will, here’s some news: Online dating doesn’t work — at least, not any better than randomly meeting someone in a bar, which is precisely what you wanted to avoid when you joined a dating site in the first place. Yay!
A group of psychology professors released research that claims all those little quizzes you take and questions you answer for your online dating profile do little more to help you meet a match than walking up to a stranger across the bar. Basically, while the algorithm of dating sites may help narrow the field of potential partners, two people matched have as good a shot at being compatible as two people meeting at random.
“Eighty years of relationship science has reliably shown you can’t predict whether a relationship succeeds based on information about people who are unaware of each other,” Northwestern University psychology professor Eli Finkel told Reuters.