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Stating a preference for what you are looking for appears to have little to no bearing on the characteristics of people you actually contact," Mr Whyte said.

"How people go about finding a partner is changing dramatically thanks to the internet.

But popular as such sites may be, finding your ideal match online can take a lot of time, as traditional dating sites force users to read dozens or even hundreds of profiles.

So some sites are helping people narrow the field by using an algorithm – a set of logical instructions for solving a problem – to find love online.

Despite having a very clear 'wish list' stating their preference for potential ideal matches, most online daters contact people bearing no resemblance to the characteristics they say they want in a mate, according to QUT research.

The finding was revealed in the 'Preference vs Choice in Online Dating' study conducted by QUT behavioural economists Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler.

In this paper we adapt the rapid sequence task to ask a question about mate selection pertinent in the digital age.This is especially true for dating practices, which have been revolutionized by the internet and translated into huge business with millions of users each day logging on to online dating sites in search of potential mates.While online dating is popular, and is certainly an efficient (and anonymous) way to sort through potential mates from the comfort of one’s own home, it may not be quite as reliable as it seems given the recent evidence for sequential dependencies when judging rapid sequences of faces.Despite having a 'wish list' stating their preference for potential ideal matches, most online daters contact people bearing no resemblance to the characteristics they say they want in a mate, according to new research.The finding was revealed by researchers who analyzed the online dating preferences and contact behavior of more than 41,000 Australians aged between 18-80.

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