Homophily in online dating
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After controlling for the opportunity structure on the platform, the preference for similar educated others is the most important factor, particularly among women.In 2002, Wired made a prediction: "Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love won't look for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because the right books are found only by accident." As more and more people look to algorithms to play the matchmaking roles traditionally filled by family and friends, Wired's looking more and more prescient. And all the other sites, from the mass to the very, very niche, that promise to connect people online in a much more efficient way than they could ever be connected by the vagaries of IRL circumstance.