Data from online dating sites offer an unprecedented opportunity to address questions of longstanding interest to social scientists. In this talk, Kevin Lewis — Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a fellow at the Berkman — introduces a new social network dataset based on behavioral data from a popular online dating site; discusses the utility of these data for understanding the shape of contemporary stratification systems; and provides a first look at the dynamics of inequality, exclusion, and gender asymmetry that characterize the early stages of mate choice.
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