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You: (1) Suggest going to a movie instead (2) Monopolize your roommate’s date leaving your roommate with only one noble alternative.
The group believed that opposites don’t attract, that attitudinal likenesses do attract and physical looks that are consistent with expectations also attract. Tarr paid 0 to a computer science student to write program code designed to match up questionnaires.The questionnaire they wrote was both scientific and whimsical and billed as fun to fill out. Being 1966, all the data from the questionnaires were transferred to punch cards.The team then rented a room-sized computer, an Avco 1790, on which they were allowed to work with from 2 am to 4 am. Questionnaire respondents then received a letter saying who they were matched to, with phone numbers, and they were very pleased. The image of using a computer for romance worked positively and negatively in the mid 60’s.There was a belief that using computers would take all of the romance out of dating.The online matchmaking service e Harmony claims that their service has resulted in over 10,000 marriages since 2001.Millions of people use services like e Harmony and hoping to find romance by answering a questionnaire and spending a little cash.
If all goes right the computer will be your cupid and maybe you’ll find happiness with that someone special.The road to today’s computer assisted matchmaking began 40 years ago when two Harvard undergraduates were talking on a dateless Saturday night over a few drinks.Jeff Tarr and Vaughn Morrill came up with a far-out idea: use a computer to arrange compatible dates.Thus was born Operation Match and as Tarr recalls, “The goal was not to make money but to have some fun and to meet some attractive ladies” David Crump and Douglas Ginsburg (a future Supreme Court nominee) aided Tarr and Morrill in creating a questionnaire.The questionnaire ran several pages and asked everything from height and weight statistics to how a person would react to a hypothetical situation.Here’s a sample of one of the questions: Your roommate gets you a blind date for the big dance. When you meet your date, you are sure it’s your roommate who is blind – your date is friendly, but embarrassingly unattractive.