Video game character dating profiles
After swiping for a while, my arachnid avatar started to see this in practice on Monster Match.The characters includes both humanoid and creature monsters—vampires, ghouls, giant insects, demonic octopuses, and so on—but soon, there were no humanoid monsters in the queue.Ben Berman thinks there's a problem with the way we date.Not in real life—he's happily engaged, thank you very much—but online.I recently tried it, building a profile for a bewildered spider monstress, whose picture showed her posing in front of the Eiffel Tower.The autogenerated bio: "To get to know someone like me, you really have to listen to all five of my mouths." (Try it for yourself here.) I swiped on a few profiles, and then the game paused to show the matching algorithm at work.
"A reset button that erases history with the app would go a long way," he says.
Dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble use "collaborative filtering," which generates recommendations based on majority opinion.
It's similar to the way Netflix recommends what to watch: partly based on your personal preferences, and partly based on what's popular with a wide user base.
Collaborative filtering works to generate recommendations, but those recommendations leave certain users at a disadvantage.
Beyond that, Berman says these algorithms simply don't work for most people.