An artificial intelligence that finds your soul mate: how much would you pay?
Online daters know they can create profiles on a number of platforms, but according to a new survey by Tidio, most people ghost them all for the holy grail: a dating app or site that used artificial intelligence (AI) to find them a truly perfect match.
And they are willing to pay for this privilege: 39% would spend up to $40 per month; 25% said it was worth between $40 and $80 per month; but 30% would not pay for a perfectly algorithmic partner.
Most people (47%) would join an AI-powered dating app to get a long-term partner, 33% just want friends, and 19% are looking for casual hookups. These first two statistics are lower for men and higher for women.
AI won’t convince many people to leave their current relationship: only 7% said they would do so at the behest of an algorithm. But 47% said they would treat an AI’s breakup recommendation as a relationship red flag.
People would definitely like an AI to help them create a better profile to be “more appealing” in an app. Especially men. They also wouldn’t mind getting help from the AI to chat with someone on the dating app, although 12% said it would be too contrived to do so. Because, you know, people on dating apps are so genuine.
As we enter the era of the metaverse, the question arises: what about a potential partner who is primarily or even only there for you in virtual reality? It’s something that a lot of people have thought about. While the majority of people still want someone to partner with IRL, a perfect AI partner is by no means out of the question.
You can see in the top chart how many respondents would choose an AI partner, but it differs depending on their status. For example, singles (67%) want AI to find them a real-world mate; married people (43%) would be satisfied with an AI partner. Many would consider both.
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Married people use dating apps the most on a weekly basis (26%). People in a relationship use them more per week than single people (25% and 19%, respectively) in all age groups. The numbers fluctuated slightly when respondents were asked whether they used them occasionally or rarely.
Much like the metaverse forced upon us, most people consider it inevitable that the AI will choose partners for us in the future, with 60% calling it very likely. A majority (66%) would already consider an AI-based app more reliable. Even if the app didn’t get a good match, most (75%) would just keep adding new data to optimize the algorithm. This should be music to the virtual ears of the dating app industry.
For more interesting (or terrifying, depending on your perspective) stats, read the full report on Tidio.
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