Besides photographs, each user's profile could include any number of personal details including age, height, weight, education, marital status, number of children, and smoking and drinking habits.The data set includes some 1.1 million interactions between users."That men care about height at all is, we suspect, a function of their realizing they may get rejected if they aren't quite a bit taller than their potential mates," she adds.
Then comes the choice to send a person a message, or to reply to one.
And of course, the final, crucial decision, which isn't captured by these data: whether to meet the person in the real world.
When it comes to the early stage of dating, it seems to be all about the deal breakers.
For one, prospective daters were wary of proceeding sight unseen.
There is also a noticeable tendency for minorities, especially women, to be younger than the average in older submarkets, and our analysis reveals how this kind of racial stratification arises through the messaging decisions of both men and women. Newman: Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, and Santa Fe Institute E-mail: [email protected]: The authors thank Travis Martin for useful conversations.