We give dating apps access to this data and more: when one journalist from asked Tinder for all the information it had on her, the company sent her a report 800 pages long. In the future, apps like Tinder may be able to infer more about our personalities and lifestyles through our social media activity than an e Harmony questionnaire ever could capture.
Researchers already think they can predict how neurotic we are from our Foursquare check-ins, whether or not we're depressed from our Tweets and the filters we choose on Instagram, and how intelligent, happy, and likely to use drugs we are from our Facebook likes.
After the Charlottesville white nationalist rally in August, some dating services asked members to report white supremacists and banned them.Algorithms could also use our online behaviour to learn the real answers to questions we might lie about in a dating questionnaire.One of Ok Cupid's matching questions, for example, asks "Do you work out a lot?"When you're looking through the feed of someone you're considering, you only have access to their behaviour," Danforth says."But an algorithm would have access to the differences between their behaviour and a million other people's.