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Sociologists from University of Michigan analyzed the online dating site messaging habits of more thanheterosexual people from four US cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. And, stranger still, that was the one group for whom the effort yielded the desired.
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The researchers also found that women tended to send more positive messages to more desirable men, whereas men sent less positive messages to women who were more desirable than them. In part, that can be explained by another trend the researchers uncovered: Overall, the researchers found that people tend to aim high.
Too high, in many cases. According to the researchers, the bigger the gap in desirability between two people, the less likely the receiver is to reply. But those in the very highest leagues do occasionally reply to people less attractive than themselves.
There will always be the odd dazzlingly attractive person who remains thoroughly unattainable. Throughout the whole month, the woman replied to just two or three of her messages—0. These are some of our most ambitious editorial projects.
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