Please refrain from looking around at other participants to figure out who your partner is–we want to keep it anonymous until the end of the conversation period.
At the end of the conversation period, you will have the option of exchanging contact information with your partner over text chat.
As the participants chatted, we looked around at their faces: many of them with brows furrowed in concentration and many of them smiling.
A minor adjustments to the study During a bathroom break in the middle of the study, some of the participants complained that 15 minutes was not enough time to respond to the questions in as much detail as they would like.
After all, most dating services involve a period of text communication between matched partners before they meet in person.
But we wanted to take it a step further: what if participants didn’t even know what their partner looked like?
While about half of the participants (48%) had a conversation with their partner in the week after the study, and about a quarter (25%) had more than one conversation, the majority of participants did not intend to see their partner again in the future (78%).
Your conversation will be conducted entirely through text chat, with no physical interaction.
The idea was that if you sat down with a perfect stranger and exchanged these 36 questions, you would have shared enough intimate information with them to create a feeling of closeness in just one conversation.
We wanted to test the study but with a 21st century twist: can people fall in love through text message?
She found herself worrying over whether her partner found her answers too short or her transitions between topics too abrupt or rude.
She found it easier to give people more credit for their pauses and unfinished thoughts when you can see their facial expressions than when you’re sitting there waiting for their next typed-out response.