Wonderfully nerdy online dating success stories, inspired by today’s talk about the algorithm of love

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Wonderfully Nerdy Online Dating Success Stories..

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Data-a-Love-Story-coverWhen yet another romantic relationship came “burning down in a spectacular fashion,” Amy Webb sought the advice of her friends and family, including her grandmother. “She said, ‘Stop being so picky. True love will find you when you least expect it,’” Webb recalls in her TED Talk.

This advice struck Webb, who works with data for a living, as preposterous.  She had calculated that, in the entire city of Philadelphia, only 35 men had all the qualities she was look for and was still single. “I can take my grandmother’s advice and sort of ‘least expect’ my way into maybe bumping into the one [of them] — or I can try online dating,” she says.

Online dating is, in fact, the second most popular way couples meet in today’s technologically-mediated world. But when Webb began the journey, she found it much more fraught than she’d anticipated. “I like the idea of online…

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