From our dating files: Does new computer “date-matching” software know you better than you know yourself? Maybe!
Match.com just trotted out a new mathematical algorithm called “Synapse.” Which is designed to look beyond what you say you want in a potential relationship, and suggest the type of person it thinks you really want.
For example, say you claim that you don’t want to date anyone older than 26. But you still troll through the profiles of eligible thirtysomethings. So, the program will assume you’re open to meeting older people.
The new software also uses what they call “triangulation.” In other words, if your search patterns are similar to another member’s search patterns, they’ll match you with that person.
So, is the new software working? Plenty of members are happy with the suggested matches. The proof? When the program gives members a list of top 5 “suggested matches” – they’re more likely to interact with those potential dates, because they think there must be a good reason they’re being paired together