— Kristen Doerer, Making Sen$e Editor Kristen Doerer: Alright, so our first question is: What is the best strategy for filing out an online dating profile if you’re looking for true love? Dan Ariely: So I think the question is: What function is the online dating profile going to fulfill in this search? We know that when people read vague descriptions, they fill the missing parts in over-optimistic ways. You say you have a good sense of humor, I say, “Oh my goodness, I have a sense of humor too, we’re probably going to be a great fit!
So if you tell me you like music, I say, “Oh my goodness, you like music? ” But what you mean by sense of humor might be very different than I mean.
Editor’s Note: With Valentine’s Day now upon us, what better time than now to talk to Dan Ariely?
So much so, she was thinking about ending the relationship. By the way, it probably seemed terrible to him as well, but I didn’t talk to him about it.
This vagueness creates the opportunity for people to get disappointed.