Then we decided to raise the stakes: what if participants didn’t even know what their partner looked like? All of these services that use algorithms to match people up can be considered take a hacking approach to romance.
But all of these apps rely fairly heavily on the profile pictures people use.
The purpose of the study was to achieve an accelerated sense of intimacy between strangers in only 45 minutes.
Students in a university psychology class were partnered up and instructed to ask each other 36 questions designed to probe intimate and unguarded topics of conversation.
According to the research done by Christian Rudder, author of Our study would approach matching people up from a different, entirely personality-based angle.
This is what caught Colleen’s attention when she saw our call for participants.
In her romantic history, the more she liked a partner’s personality, the more attractive she found them. It’s not because she hasn’t given it an honest try.She considers herself a very social person, but text communication has never been as intuitive to her as face-to-face interaction.Please refrain from looking around at other participants to figure out who your partner is–we want to keep it anonymous until the end of the conversation period.At the end of the conversation period, you will have the option of exchanging contact information with your partner over text chat.We assembled a group of 32 participants ranging from 21-34 years of age.We sent them a preliminary questionnaire asking for their name, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and profession, as well as a number of attitudinal questions like whether or not they drink or smoke, their level of spontaneity, etc.How much of our feeling of closeness relies on seeing the other person’s face–their reactions, their mannerisms, their movements?And how much of our attraction to a person is reliant on looks?Once we had gathered all of their responses, we did our best to match the participants with a partner with whom they shared similar attitudes and values.None of the participants had any idea who they had been paired up with.