Sociological research online dating
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.
Because of a nondisclosure agreement, the researchers can't reveal the exact source of their subjects, describing it only as an "established, marriage-oriented, subscription-based dating site" from which they randomly selected 1855 people, all based in New York City.
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.
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.
Our study illustrates how network techniques applied to online interactions can reveal the aggregate effects of individual behavior on social structure. Bruch: Department of Sociology and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, and Santa Fe Institute E-mail: [email protected] This work was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health under grant K01-HD-079554 (E. B.) and the National Science Foundation under grants DMS–1107796, DMS–1407207, and DMS–1710848 (M.
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