Online Dating Site Tests DNA to Determine MatchesBy: Mike Fossum - July 22, 2014
A new online dating site catering to sophisticated professionals called Singldout.com offers users the opportunity to submit their DNA to bolster their chances of finding a long-term match.
Singldout has partnered with Instant Chemistry, a service that tests DNA for “biological compatibility” in an established, long-term relationship. Instant Chemistry mentions that while relationships grow, DNA remains constant – couples are urged to submit their DNA to be tested, and then take a personality test to see if they like one another.
Singldout adapts Instant Chemistry’s high technologies for use in the realm of dating. Singldout users sign up via their Linkedin profile, hinting at a standard of sophistication that exceeds that of Zoosk, and then submit payment. Singldout membership is $199 for three months, $249 for six months or $299 for 12 months.
After payment is submitted, a DNA testing kit arrives in the mail, the user spits in a tube, sends it off to Instant Chemistry, and the results are posted on a Singldout dating profile, after the user takes an online psychological exam.
The DNA tests assess two indicators to suggest compatibility – the serotonin uptake transporter, which regulates how people react to positive and negative emotions, and genes influencing the immune system. Co-founder of Instant Chemistry Ron Gonzalez points out that research has shown that there is a correlation with successful long-term relationships and different versions of serotonin and immune system genes.
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“With online dating, you have socioeconomic factors people try to match on – religion, how much you make. This is another layer on top of that so you can better find matches,” Gonzalez said.
“America’s Relationship Expert” Dr. Wendy Walsh further explains DNA dating:
Mike Dougherty, director of education for the American Society of Human Genetics, advises the lovelorn that there are countless other genes and environmental factors that come into play. “If this is a marathon, we’re still inside the first mile,” he said, adding that Singldout is “looking at a very small number of genes, and you simply cannot extrapolate a prediction from those genes to long-term compatibility.”
Gonzalez remarked that he does not want the Singldout service to be seen as “deterministic.” “If I could predict with 100% certainty who you will fall in love with, this would be amazing,” he said. “No technology can do that. We’re very cognizant and realistic. We know a lot of variables happen when you fall in love.”
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