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The researchers had undergraduates fill out questionnaires about their personality, their well-being, and their preferences in a partner.

Then they set the students loose in a speed-dating session to see if they could predict who would like who.

Ask somebody, 'What does it feel like to not have any realistic possibility of meeting somebody that you could potentially go on a date with? Finkel is a psychologist at Northwestern University and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management; he's also the author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage." Finkel and his colleagues have been studying online dating for years.

Their current conclusion is that the matching algorithms so many companies claim to use to find your soul mate don't work.

The biggest benefit of online dating, Finkel told Business Insider, is that it introduces you to tons (and tons) of people.

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