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In 1965, a pair of University of Michigan undergrads found each other with the help of a primitive computer dating program.Mina Jo Rosenbloom was in her junior year when she and Michael Linver, just admitted to medical school, became computer dating’s digital Adam and Eve. He came across a crazy ad for a dating service that used computers.According to Professor Lin, “Both [multiracial] Asian-white women and men receive acceptance that are similar to those of whites.In fact, our studies find that white and Asian men are more likely to respond to [multiracial] Asian-white women than either Asian or white women.”White women responded to multiracial “Asian-white” men and white men most frequently, and they responded to (monoracial) Asian men and to African American men the least.“I knew my place in the social hierarchy before I got burned,” he said.
Similarity is the thing that allows couples to understand each other better, said Gian Gonzaga, the company’s chief research scientist, who holds a Ph. The results, according to e Harmony’s claims, are striking.
Their mutual willingness to take a chance paid off.
Four and a half decades after they were hitched by an IBM mainframe, Michael and Mina Jo Linver are still married.
“The (online) description is very skeleton-like,” he said. And then you go and meet them for coffee, there's a gap between what you built in your mind and between what they really are.
And that gap causes tremendous disappointment.” That doesn’t make for an auspicious start, especially since, according to Ariely, setting up each of those cups of coffee takes an average six hours of online drudgery.