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Can Desire or Love Be Predicted?

Data versus the real world: what compatibility algorithms can’t tell you.

This is DATA, a monthly column by Angela Chen on numbers, nerdery, and what it means to live an evidence-based life.

I’m a friend of a friendYou know Mark, right?


I would meet my soulmate soonHe would be 5’8” and blond, with blue or gray eyes, and I would meet him in either two weeks or two months.

Psychological Science.



We’ll get to career,But more important is that I think you’ll meet a man who will be very important in an emotional way.

Not a chance

Angela Chen is a senior editor at Wired Magazine and the author of Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex, which was named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR, Electric Literature, and Them. Her reporting and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Geographic, Paris Review, Lapham's Quarterly, and more.