Friday, October 26, 2007

The science of dating

Newsflash for all you single gals out there who got along with you dad: you are more attracted to guys who look like him.

A study compared 15 key facial components of dads and women’s selections of potential mates and found that a woman with a great dad relationship found men who looked like her father appealing. A woman with a bad dad relationship? Men who looked like her dad were not of interest.

eHarmony, PerfectMatch, and Great Expectations are all dating services that use some combination of math and science to get people together. And they are busy: Single Americans comprise 41% of the American adult population. But maybe all a successful dating site needs is to match pictures based on dad relationships.

Then again, if the study is right, such a move might risk putting it out of business.

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