Nowadays technologies do not leave us a chance to eliminate their influence on our lives. They penetrate everywhere as quickly as water soaks into the ground to upend the mainstay of civilization and propel society towards the progress. For example, the unique matchmaking algorithm helps a farmer using a farmers dating site to find the love of all his life at the other end of the world. His ancestors would have been shocked by this technologies, let alone artificial intelligence, sex robot technologies, telepresence and virtual reality. And online dating itself is being changed by hi-tech. Let’s check up on the future of online dating and get ready for transformation.

  • DNA matching

Online dating services are always happy to ease the agony of choosing their users experience, to varying degrees. For this purpose, Cupid, the leader of online dating, segments its market and offers special sites for the diverse groups of people having something in common, like location, lifestyle, or religion. If you like Asian women, go to the asian dating site and meet the person you look for. If you search for singles over 50 it’s not a problem to meet senior people there. Matchmaking algorithm is another way how Cupid helps daters. It offers to answer fun questions and play LikeBook to define users’ taste and suggest the right partner from its huge database. By 2040 matchmaking process will go far away and will be based on DNA. According to scientists, we find the certain person attractive since he, or she, has the best genetics for us.  And as the cost of DNA extraction is dropping, the chance to study its influence on our choice will be higher, as well as our opportunities not to be wrong about the candidate.

  • Virtual technologies

The distance is not longer a door on the way of love and long-term relationships. Videocalling and tons of convenient platforms like WhatsApp, Skype, and instant chat rooms in Cupid Dating app available for Android and iOs phones have done it possible to ignore geographical boundaries. Any time you can hear the voice of your significant one, see the impression of one’s face and share your thoughts. That seems incredibly enough in comparison with sending letters by post to each other.  Turns our though, technologies are not going to stop there. Besides hearing and sight that we use for chatting and videocalling, science promises us to stimulate other senses like taste, smell and touch in 25 years. It means it will make it possible for us to feel the arm we shake and fragrance a lady uses with the help of wearable technology. That means at any point of time, from anywhere with the Internet connection a person can have a date that by feel would be like the real one.

These promising perspectives will not long in coming. By 2040 online dating will not be the same as it looks now. The virtual reality and the opportunity of conducting DNA matching will take it to the next level and make matchmaking process more refined and exiting.

  • The 3 milestone discoveries of the 2001 – 2010 decade for Theories of Romantic Relationships Development are:

    1) Several studies showing contraceptive pills users make different mate choices, on average, compared to non-users.
    “Only short-term but not long-term partner preferences tend to vary with the menstrual cycle”

    2) People often report partner preferences that are not compatible with their choices in real life. (Behavioural recommender systems or other system that learns your preferences are useless)

    3) What is important in attracting people to one another may not be important in making couples happy.
    Compatibility is all about a high level on personality similarity between prospective mates for long term mating with commitment, and not meet other people with similar interests or political views.

    At the paper “Perceptions of Ideal and Former Partners’ Personality and Similarity”
    The authors had written
    “…. mismatches in personality are a frequently mentioned cause for relationship break-up. If former partners indeed have dissimilar personalities, our findings underline how difficult it is for many people to select a mate with a similar personality, or, alternatively, how little value individuals put on finding a similar partner in terms of personality.
    The present study’s results, as well as the results found in previous studies (e.g., Eastwick & Finkel, 2008), may be used to educate people, especially singles, about what really matters in long-term relationships, for instance, similarity in personality, instead of complementarity.”