Psychology dating compatibility test
“People don’t want to bring science into love,” says Dr Tamara Brown of Gene Partner, a DNA analysis service that helps people find their perfect match.
“This is not really love, it’s sex.” For , Gene Partner will test your DNA, sequencing key genes and examining those in your major histocompatibility complex (MHC).
We usually have nine MHC genes, each with many variants, so there are hundreds of possible combinations.
When parents have different MHC genes, their offspring will have a wider repertoire of MHC genes, making them better able to recognise invaders.
e Harmony has a reported 33 million members worldwide and even has its own lab, where psychologists question and observe couples and use the results to continuously refine the matching algorithm.
“We’re like the host at a massive party,” says Street Spark founder Anthony Erwin.
“If you’re a good host, you introduce two people and point out the things they’ve got in common – it acts as an icebreaker.” When a compatible person is nearby, Street Spark sends an alert that pops up on the phone’s screen to let you know there’s a potential date just around the corner.
The result is a shortlist of compatible people, and users are shown four or five profiles every day.
Love isn’t cheap (e Harmony members pay at least £10 a month), but it may be worth it: according to market-research firm Harris Interactive, e Harmony created 4.77 per cent of US marriages between January 2008 and June 2009, an average of 542 new marriages every day.