Online Dating Using Science: Matchmaking Based On Chemistry & Personality Compatibility
But what if there was a way to analyze your DNA and match you to your ideal But can the science of attraction really solve your dating woes?. Charlotte Hunt-Grubbe sniffs around the new field of genetic dating The Florida company ScientificMatch started in December last year, about the same “type of interest” (high), and, bizarrely, “probability of a successful. DNA Romance's matching algorithm predicts chemical attraction & personality compatibility online, simply upload your raw DNA data & enter your personality.
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.
DNA dating site predicts chemical romance
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.
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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. 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. 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. 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.
Should there be some change in the environment, your offspring are more likely to have something in their genes that will allow them to survive. Conversely, mating with your fam can have some pretty detrimental effects. Scientific Match is open to straight and gay people. However, women taking the birth control pill are turned away because some studies show they are more attracted to men with similar immune system genes.
The success or failure of the service can't be measured, however, with only a handful of customers so far. Although Holzle doesn't guarantee finding one's true love, he insists that people paired by Scientific Match will at least smell appealing to each other.
The romantic role played by scent is well-documented in poetry and science.
Perfumers even add synthetic versions of pheromones, suspected aphrodisiacs found naturally in the body, to fragrances that include Paris Hilton's eponymous perfume. But the ability to bottle attraction or to predict it through genetic profiling remains unproven by science. Scientific Match sounds more like pseudoscience to Dean Hamer, the molecular biologist and author credited with discovering "gay genes.
The field is wide open. For instance, nobody has tried to set up couples based upon genes that have been linked to promiscuity or libido strength. And Googling a date's full genetic code could be on the distant horizon.