Dating website matches you based on your DNA
One thing you can't cheat is your genetics, which is why a new dating app is using DNA compatibility as a basis for its matchmaking algorithm. The algorithms for matching at dating websites are mostly smoke and mirrors. So is the science behind a growing number of DNA tests claiming. DNA Romance's matching algorithm predicts chemical attraction & personality compatibility online, simply upload your raw DNA data & enter your personality.
What if the type of people we're into is determined by the very same internal code that dictates whether or not we like coriander? That's right, romance might be written in our DNA. Thankfully, there's now a service that can help you decipher your As, Ts, Gs and Cs and get to the bottom of this love thing once and for all. The theory is that your body produces chemical signals, as determined by your DNA. When a potential partner detects these signals supposedly by smelling themit creates 'chemistry'—an innate sense of attraction that can't be credited to your height, lack of debt or ability to play bass guitar.
Some dating services have tried to play off this theory in the past. However, our ability to smell each other is often confounded by the deodorants, perfumes and colognes we wear. Now, DNA Romance is getting straight to the genetic source of chemistry.
It's an interesting hypothesis but not really a new one. As the only person in the Particle team who lacks a significant other, it was natural that I be the one to test it.
After all, if gorillas can use a dating app to find love, why can't I?
Why should I get out of my pyjamas and put make-up on and go outside and try to be charming when my genes could do all the heavy lifting for me? Also, if this scientific approach to finding love doesn't work out, that's OK too. Because instead of blaming my singledom on my personality or the fact that I eat peas one at a time, I can blame it on my ancestors. So like the dutiful, single lab rat that I am, I spat in a little plastic tube, stuck it in a post box and sent it off for processing at the AncestryDNA factory.
A little while later, they slid into my inbox the results of my heritage and a text file of my raw genetic data. Also, I now have a second cousin in Sydney. Anyway, I took the raw genetic data file and submitted it to the DNA Romance website along with my personality typemy gender and my sexual preference.
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I also uploaded a photo. I chose one taken of me at my graduation ceremony. I'm mid-laugh and wearing a mortar board. I like to think it makes me look fun and also smart but also not weird.
The very same photo I use for my author profile picture on this page, in fact. Then, for the small price of CAD9. Surprisingly, the inverse seems to be true. Which you'd think would make me feel pretty great—look how compatible I am! But automatically, I feel that DNA Romance is less satisfying than something like, say, Tinder because you don't get that sparkly little self-esteem boost every time someone chooses to match with you. These poor fools can't help if they dig me or not.
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It's just who they are. But actually, the high proportion of perfect scores makes me wonder if being a match for someone is the norm and it's more unusual to find someone with DNA who is incompatible. Anyway, after a quick scroll through these matches, it was apparent that DNA Romance has been more of a hit in the northern hemisphere.
Canada, UK and USA all had heavy representation, whereas there was only one Aussie—a year-old guy from Sydney who had a Japanese manga character as his profile picture. When I asked him what he liked about the site, he said he forgot that he subscribed. But what does that mean? What is it about Mr Shin-chan and I that is so perfectly compatible?
When choosing a mate, we want to do what's best for our offspring. We want our genes to perpetuate, and that means finding a partner who has a beneficial genetic contribution to make.
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The world being as unpredictable as it is, often the best thing you can give is genetic variety. If you mate with someone who has different DNA to yours, it means that your offspring will have a combination of the two.
And there is some idea that maybe when we mate, we avoid individuals with the same MHC type. And that's what they are basing it on.
But the science is sketchy. It's still very, very, very,very controversial as to whether humans can even do this. And there's really very little science into whether it would help us predict mates," Nielsen added.
On their website, Pheramor states, "We are constantly smelling each other's pheromone profiles and deciding subconsciously how attractive that individual is to us.
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The scientists found that women were more attracted to the scent of a man whose genetics were more diverse than their own.
But Nielsen argues the study has never really been replicated successfully. It's to a certain degree like selling snake oil, because you can't really do it. The genetics is not worked out well enough yet," he said. The founders say critics are focusing too much on the pheromones. They point out that the app doesn't just look at genetics, it pairs the genetic information with your social media activity to get a fuller picture of your personality and interests.