After the Match: Mobility and First Dates

Goodman, E. and Churchill, E. 2007. After the Match: Mobility and First Dates. In Proc. DUX ’07. Article 23.

Matchmaking has moved online. More and more people actively seek romantic partners using specialized dating websites. After identifying potential partners on the Internet, “online daters” invest considerable time, effort and emotion getting offline setting up activities, locations and times to meet face-to-face. And once offline, daters spend a lot of money exploring the potential for compatibility with people met online. While online dating services have optimized the profile-based search and match component of “matchmaking”, few offer support for the time-consuming and potentially nerve-wracking process of planning those first face-to-face meetings. This research sketch introduces an ongoing project aimed at helping people who meet online connect offline.