"The current model is artificial and static, and far removed from everyday social interaction," says Jeana H. Norton and Dan Ariely is taking an academic look at online dating and how it can be improved.

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Walk along Cambridge’s original thoroughfares like Brattle Street (known as Tory Row) and Winthrop Street, which date back to the 1600’s. Take a tour of the hallowed buildings and monuments of Harvard University, which has graduated numerous world leaders including six U. Take a salsa dancing lesson or hear live music at Ryles Jazz Club, peruse unique shops like Boutique Fabulous (art meets fashion), or try one of the many ethic restaurants or stop for a proper pint at The Druid. Discover Cambridge’s history as one of the oldest African American communities in the nation. Du Bois, abolitionists, authors, educators and office holders in Cambridge dating back to 1840. Check out improvisational theater at Cambridge’s Improv Boston, which launched the careers of many famous comics.

Walk the African American Heritage Trail, 20 historic markers that honor notable blacks, including the local residence of W. See new classical dance at " target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, or bop to world-class jazz at Regattabar or Scullers Jazz Club.

Dating is at best another extracurricular, #6 or #7 down the list, somewhere between Model UN and intramural badminton.

I’ve been co-hosting young alumni events for name-brand schools for long enough to know that these kids come out a little lopsided (which sounds so much better than ‘socially awkward’, don’t you think? All they need is a little tune-up, or a proper dating textbook to get them going — plus a little practice.

Of course, as noted above, things only get worse once you graduate.

And if you’re frustrated with your love life, you just might try to compensate by working harder and achieving even more to fill that void.

Users of online dating sites often struggle to find love because the sites themselves make it more difficult than it needs to be.

To the rescue: Virtual Dates, an online ice-breaker from Jeana Frost of Boston University, Michael Norton of HBS, and Dan Ariely of MIT.

From my observations, the following dating challenges are common to most smart people. So whether you went (or should have gone) to the likes of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, Swarthmore, Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Oxford, Cambridge, Berkeley, Penn, Caltech, Duke, read on: 1) Smart people spent more time on achievements than on relationships when growing up. And smart families are usually achievement-oriented. The upshot of all that achievement is that you get into a top college — congratulations!