What’s the most interesting for me personally is how the digital interface affects communication in physical world, this point would require a very different kind of a qualitative study.“Without bios, our male stock profiles received an average of 16 matches from women; this increases four-fold to 69 with a bio.
The number of matches from men also increases, but far less substantially (by 58% on average).”3.
This could be driven by several factors, but it is well known that men often have to compete and differentiate themselves more as part of the mating ritual .
Their efforts, however, are not always particularly emphatic. The median message length sent by men is only 12 characters, compared to 122 from women.
The median delay for sending messages is just 2 minutes for men, compared to 38 minutes for women.For men, 25% of message are under 6 characters (presumably “hello” or “hi”).Consequently, it is clear that little information is being imparted in opening conversations.”*note that expectations and strategies are based on the self declared questionnaires, not objective data, which raises questions of people being honest, people realizing their intents, being capable of measuring it, etc.In contrast, we garnered only 532 female matches, suggesting that they are more careful with whom they like and therefore consider it more worthwhile to send a message .This is rather different to other online dating services, where messages are usually the initial means of establishing interaction (without the prior need to “match”)”.