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And by that same token, if you're in the business of dating, and you're schmoozing foodies, you better know what you're getting yourself into.
There is also the Swedish site Restdejting, which launched last year, that not only aims to find people true love, but ensure that food doesn't go to waste.
“That’s the real issue—how happy are people with their interactions on the dating sites,” says Scott Kominers, a lecturer in economics at Harvard University.
On a site like Ok Cupid anyone can send you a message, whereas on the free app Bumble or on Tinder or e Harmony, only people you are matched with can get in touch.
“It's a myth that some sites are better for relationships while others are more for hookups,” says Manfredi.
“There are people of different intentions on every platform; it’s more important what your intention is.” Perhaps the key factor that determines whether you’ll like a site is not the price to join but the kind of people you find on it and how they behave and communicate.
Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.
In the 2016 Consumer Reports Online Dating Survey, more than 9,600 people who had used an online dating service in the last two years were asked which one they had joined.
“I typically recommend Match because I’ve found it gives you better quality,” says Jodi Manfredi, who writes online dating profiles professionally.
“I’ve always assumed that putting anything behind a pay wall makes it more attractive and weeds out the casual users and trolls,” agrees Joseph Lynn, a Chicago man who used e Harmony and Match as well as a few free sites.
As I scrolled down the Eater page a banner ad on the right side caught my attention -- impressive, given my usual blindness to anything that looks like advertising -- "Eater Dating." A site completely devoted to online dating for foodies? The difference from regular online matchmaking services?
How About We is all based on suggesting an intriguing first date, which fits well if you're trying to find someone that's just as food obsessed as you are.
Even Ok Cupid has a foodie test, because god forbid you put "foodie" on your online profile and don't actually fit the correct description.