The rest of these rankings, though, make a great deal of sense.
But what if you want something more than just a one night stand?
Then they set the students loose in a speed-dating session to see if they could predict who would like who.
As it turns out, the researchers could predict nothing.
Their current conclusion is that the matching algorithms so many companies claim to use to find your soul mate don't work.
The biggest benefit of online dating, Finkel told Business Insider, is that it introduces you to tons (and tons) of people.
And all of that begins with a quick and dirty assessment of rapport and chemistry that occurs when people first meet face to face." To be sure, Finkel acknowledges downsides to having so many date options.
In the 2012 review, Finkel and his colleagues used the term "choice overload" to describe what happens when people wind up making worse romantic choices when they've got more of a selection.In that review, too, Finkel and his co-authors suggested that the best thing about online dating is that it widens your pool of prospective mates. In a 2015 New York Times op-ed, Finkel shared another reason why Tinder and similar services may be the best option for singles.Finkel wrote: "[S]uperficiality is actually Tinder's greatest asset.For example, many dating services ask people what they want in a partner and use their answers to find matches.But research suggests that most of us are wrong about what we want in a partner — the qualities that appeal to us on paper may not be appealing IRL.To do this, they used natural language understanding, a type of AI, to analyze more than 100,000 reviews of 16 of the biggest dating apps.