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Algorithmic matching services like e Harmony and Ok Cupid don't fare much better.
What really matters aren't these superficial, surface-level qualities, but rather how two people interact.
John Gottman, a renown expert on marital stability and relationship success, has discovered that in predicting happy relationships, how couples resolve conflicts and whether they exhibit positive affect towards one another matters most.
Christian Rudder, the co-founder of the popular Ok Cupid, experimented on the users of his site to explore the influence of perception.
In his experiment, he took bad matches, those who matched by 30 percent, and told them that they matched by 90 percent.
These algorithms focus on searchable traits that aren't predictive of relationship success (measured by long-lasting relationships and satisfaction).