The opposite of homophily is heterophily or intermingling.Homophily is a metric studied in the field of social network analysis in which it is also known as assortativity.While this has led to dates, relationships and marriages around the globe, it has also been a boon for enterprising researchers — providing huge datasets chronicling real world behavior.Psychological scientists have been studying attraction, love, and romantic relationships for decades, but online matching and speed dating have given researchers unprecedented opportunity to explore who’s attracted to whom and why.More than 100 studies that have observed homophily in some form or another and they establish that similarity breeds connection.
We analyse how these patterns are influenced by educational homophily and opportunity structures.(Although feminine male photos were seen as attractive, whole male profiles were rated more attractive when they seemed more masculine, a perplexing result worthy of more study.) Women were deemed more attractive when they looked feminine, high in self-esteem, and not selfish.This study also found that the narrative self-descriptive sections of the profiles played a key role in attractiveness, but the fixed choice sections of the profiles (where users have to pick from a specific set of descriptors, i.e., “Have children now,” “Want children someday,” “Don’t want children,” smoker/non-smoker, etc.) only minimally affected attractiveness ratings.The modern world provides two new ways to find love — online matchmaking and speed dating.In the last few years, these methods have moved from a last resort for the loveless to a more accepted way for millions to try to meet their mates.