Take Two for February 14, 2013

How modern-day couples find 'Love in the Time of Algorithms'

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Beijing office worker Jiang Hui surfs the internet looking for love at a cafe in Beijing on February 5, 2010. By joing an online dating site, Jiang, who hasn't dated a girl since graduating from college four years ago, hopes this Valentine's Day - which falls on the same day as the first day of the Chinese new year this year- will be different as he began his cybersearch for a sweetheart three months ago, utilising an exploding industry as millions of young Chinese like him take advantage of technology and a newfound freedom to control their own love lives.

It's Valentine's Day, so you're probably seeing lots of images of Cupid with a bow and arrow. But these days, the God of love might want to add a calculator to his tool kit.

That's because many people are finding romance through the $2 billion on-line dating business that uses complicated mathematical formulas to match people up.

Dan Slater joins the show to decode some of those and talk about new book, "Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology does to Meeting and Mating."


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