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"Regarding height, we find that men typically avoid tall women, while women have a preference for tall men. Men have a strong distaste for women with a large BMI, while women tend to prefer heavier men. The estimates of income preferences show that women place about twice as much weight on income than men. [...] Regarding education, we find that both men and women want to meet a partner with a similar education level. While women have an overall strong preference for an educated partner, but also have a relatively small tendency to avoid men who are more educated than themselves, men generally shy away from educated women. The estimated same-race preferences show that both men and women have a preference for a partner of their own ethnicity. Finally, we find that both men and women have a preference for a partner of the same religion."--"Matching and Sorting in Online Dating" (2010) by Dan Ariely et al.

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Dating is the act of going out on dates whereby one person socializes with a potential lover using a process that involves scheduled, usually exclusive, meetings of two people with mutual interest in one another. Typically a person may date different partners (this does not include or indicate the sexual relationship) during the same time period in order to have the best chance of finding their most suitable and available partner for an intimate relationship. A date involves going out to do something together (like having dinner, visiting the theater, or having a picnic at a park or beach), while dating involves the continued communication and courting between dates, such as meeting on-line (also known as virtual dating), chatting on-line, sending text messages or picture messages, and conversing over the phone. In this sense, during the dating process, people often explore each other through "dates" to discover whether or not they would be compatible together in a serious relationship - which for many people involves the sexual component but depends on individual beliefs. Usually, if the two individuals discover that they have poor or low compatibility, it signals the end of the dating process: however, due to the multiple person dating strategy a person ideally has other options to explore.

Dating is viewed by some as any social activity performed as a pair or even a group with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as their partner as a spouse. The word refers to the act of agreeing on a time and "date" when a pair can meet and engage in some social activity.

Going-out is an action taken after two people discover their romantic affection for each other. This is similar to dating though not as in depth. This may include hugging and holding hands but not kissing, usually the step before dating.

In many cultural traditions, dates are arranged by a third party, who may be a family member, an acquaintance, or a dedicated matchmaker. Recently matchmaking services have become popular. Although dating rules in Western popular culture have become more relaxed during the 20th century, there is considerable variation between individuals' values. For example, when the activity costs money, it has traditionally been the man's role to pay; in recent times the practice of "going Dutch" (splitting the expenses) has emerged. Traditional dating activities include sharing entertainment or a meal.


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Online dating

Online dating or Internet dating is a dating system which allows individuals, couples and groups to make contact and communicate with each other over the Internet, usually with the objective of developing a personal romantic or sexual relationship. Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.

Mobile dating

  • After the development of the Web 2.0 in the 2000s, the mobile web has in turn boosted the dating market in the 2010s. The standard websites like Badoo, PlentyofFish, Zoosk, Lovoo or OkCupid offer a mobile version or an application to download of their OD services, like the new actors exclusively on smartphone: Tinder (generalist) or Grindr (gay). Mobile dating proposes exchange of instant messages or pictures but also and above all geolocation so as to singles nearby should be able to make connections. Some findings done by Aziz Ansari for his book "Modern Romance" show that people are getting used to find someone to talk to online and having a close relationship with them. He found that, between 2005 and 2012, more than one third of couples that got married in the United States met on an online dating site. One main way people incorporate dating in their mobile devices is sexting. Aziz Ansari also found interesting facts on sexting. They include:
  • Half of eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds have received sexts
  • People who own iPhones are twice as likely to sext as people who use Androids
  • The most popular time to sext is Tuesday between 10: 00 A.M. and noon.
  • 59% of people now consider mobile dating an acceptable way to meet a partner

In popular culture

  • You've Got Mail, a 1998 film in which the two protagonists conduct a relationship entirely over email before meeting each other.
  • Napoleon Dynamite, a 2004 film in a which one subplot involves a central character's online (and later in person) relationship.
  • Euro Trip, a 2004 film in which the central character has a relationship wholly via email with a girl from Berlin.
  • Must Love Dogs, a 2005 film about two people trying to find love through online dating.
  • Another Gay Movie, a 2006 film where a student finds his high school English teacher online.
  • Because I Said So, a 2007 film in which a mother creates an online dating profile for her daughter.
  • Jewtopia, a play which revolves around Jewish dating service JDate.
  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians Kim And Kourtney set up Kloe on an Internet Dating Service.

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