Today in Research: Advertising Politics Is No Way to Find a Date

Today in research: non-partisan dating, hockey jersey bias, a silver lining to unemployment, and dreaming of "open access" journals.

  • Most people recognize that advertising personal politics isn't a good way to find a first date. Since so much data is readily available, investigations into online dating habits are oddly fascinating. This one from Brown researchers, however, just seems sensible: it found that only 14 percent of online daters in their sample included "political interests" on their dating profile -- which ranked near the bottom of rankings of things people liked to tell potential dates. Commenting on the obvious, the authors wrote: "Our best guess is that in the short-run most people want to cast as wide a net as possible when dating." [Brown University]
  • The 'dream of every researcher' revealed: "to be able to have the world's literature at your fingertips." The comment comes from a director of library services at University College London, who is cited by the New York Times in an article about the "open access" scholarly journal publishing model, which is attempting to overthrow the pricey, peer-reviewed subscription status-quo. One downside of the "open access" journals: It "differs from traditional journals in basing the decision to publish an article purely on whether the experiments described were conducted in a valid manner and support the results claimed," the Times writes. Meaning, in some cases, there's less oversight.  [The New York Times]

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