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Love is in the air — and online — at the University of Michigan.
More than 2, undergraduate students — approximately one out of every 10 — have completed a new matchmaking service survey, dubbed the Michigan Marriage Pactas of Thursday afternoon. Michielssen said the questionnaire, which opened Saturday afternoon, has a lifespan of 21 days.
Participants answer a series of 40 questions, ranging from the likelihood of using a prenuptial agreement to views on gun ownership. The questionnaire also asks students to rate the levels of their drug and alcohol use, sex lives, cleanliness, spending habits and other personality traits. Once that information is sent out, it is up to the students to decide how to proceed, as there is no requirement for participants to communicate with their matches.
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Michielssen noted the service is only open to undergraduate students, so any graduate students or alumni who attempt to fill out the questionnaire will be disqualified. Only a valid University is required to fill out the form, but the software filters out non-undergraduate s.
LSA senior Beatrice Kelly-Andrews said she found the questions in the survey to be similar to those found in a compatibility test. While she is not seriously looking for a relationship, Kelly-Andrews said she is interested to see what the creators deemed important for a match and who the algorithm finds for her.
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To come up with the questions, Michielssen said she and her group of co-creators researched compatibility. The group used their findings to draft questions related to issues important to a successful relationship, while also keeping the questions engaging for students.
LSA junior Nick Cassar, who is also a student in Psychology but not a member of this group, took the questionnaire and said he would be interested to meet the person who matches with him. Cassar said he found the questions about sexual habits important, as they relate to healthy relationships.
This type of service is not a new phenomenon on college campuses.
Instudents at Stanford University created an algorithmnamed the Stanford Marriage Pact, to match students. LSA junior Kendall Johnson said she felt the questionnaire was a better avenue for finding a relationship than dating applications like Tinder, but she does not like the fact she will only receive one person back as a match.
Johnson also said she recognized there may be issues if students who took the survey looking for a relationship were matched with students who took it for entertainment.
Kelly-Andrews said, if anything, the matching service was the opposite of Tinder because participants know they have something in common with their match but have not had a chance to talk to them. On Tinder, there is an immediate opportunity for discussion but no guarantee of similarities. Johnson noted Tinder is heavily based on photos and physical features, while the questionnaire is focused on personality, which could provide the opportunity for more meaningful connections.
The purpose of the service, Michielssen said, is actually to give participants a backup plan so they can focus on their academics and careers. Then, if they do not have a ificant partner in the future, they can go back to their Michigan Marriage Pact match.
Barstool Sports, a sports and pop culture blog, featured the questionnaire in a story on its University of Michigan-focused Instagram .
According to Michielssen, the owners wrote in the post that the questionnaire creators were lonely computer science students, but noted she and her group members were neither lonely nor majoring in computer science.
The link has also gained traction by circulating in group chats for fraternity and sorority life and other organizations on campus, as well as through word of mouth. Kelly-Andrews, who is not on social media, said she heard about the questionnaire from her roommates and sent it to many people she knew in addition to a group chat for students in her major.
She also noted the importance of having a diverse set of participants. If the majority of respondents are one gender and looking for the opposite gender, she explained, then it would be more difficult for the algorithm to find the people in that group a match.
Michielssen said her team has seen more female participants than male so far. She said they are hopeful this will even out over time and have recently noticed an uptick in heterosexual males completing the form. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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