Internet dating stinks

I’d never heard that you should also smell like yourself, though, until I joined a matchmaking service called Smell Dating. After 72 hours, the cotton was pickled in my essence.

For three days and nights I wore the same cotton T-shirt, through sweaty workouts and while I slept. I passed off the damp, stained tee to the New York University researchers who run Smell Dating, who saw it not as an object of disgust, but as boyfriend bait.

Even the highest ranking site — the free Ok Cupid — received a reader score of 56, which basically translates to “meh.” (Runners up: Tinder, with a 52; Grindr, with a 52 and Plenty Of Fish, with a 50.; all are also free.) Or as the story dispassionately puts it: Respondents “gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has ever seen for services rendered — lower even than for tech-support providers.” But is that really Tinder’s fault?Smell Dating is the first mail-order smell dating service, but its creators aren’t the only ones wagering that we’re better at choosing partners through our noses than our eyes.By sniffing other people’s body odor instead of swiping right on their photos, the thinking goes, we rely on primal bodily intuition.” Yup, that means you are officially burned out on the merry-go-round of looking for your perfect match.The good news is, it’s just as easy to clear your head of the negativity and get back into the swing of things. Even the highest ranking site — the free Ok Cupid — received a reader score of 56, which basically translates to “meh.” (Runners up: Tinder, with a 52; Grindr, with a 52 and Plenty Of Fish, with a 50.; all are also free.) Or as the story dispassionately puts it: Respondents “gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has ever seen for services rendered — lower even than for tech-support providers.” But is that really Tinder’s fault?

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