Couples, married or not, tend to have similar ages, educations, levels of attractiveness and a host of other characteristics. This could mean that people try to find partners who "match" their stats. On the other hand, it could mean that people try to find slightly more attractive mates – which results in the same pattern as the most desirable partners pair off, followed by the next most desirable, and so on.
Grindr was confronted with questions about security flaws as recently as last week after NBC reported private information about users, including unread messages, deleted photos and location data, were being collected by a property management startup through a website that Grindr built. Grindr says it has since fixed the flaw and shut down the website, which allowed users to see who blocked them on the app.
"Facebook's business model is actually focused on not giving third parties data about its users," said Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility. "If it owns the data, and you can only target people through its platform, then you must spend money on its platform. Facebook also wants people to be as comfortable as possible giving them data, so they want to ensure that the data is protected from being used in problematic ways."
STD and HIV cases have increased nationwide and gone up and down California. And Long Beach now has the state's second-highest rate of chlamydia and third-highest rates of gonorrhea and syphilis. No one factor explains the increases, but health officials point to the popularity of online dating apps, casual hookups and evidence that young people who are busy and otherwise healthy often don't bother with condoms or routine checkups.
"Through [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer's leadership, the Clippers have a clear commitment to diversity and equal opportunity," Gillian Zucker, the Clippers' president of business operations, said in the release. "From our players on the court to our leadership team, we are proud to stand with Bumble and do our part to emphasize that diversity and gender equality in the workplace is essential to organizational excellence. Bumble's message and technology provide a platform for women in new and non-traditional spaces and it's important to the Clippers that we innovate and reach our fans wherever our fans are."
It is a truly excellent week to be an Angeleno -- if not to live here, then to love this town and enjoy the remarkable food scene L.A. has to offer. The Dodgers are going to the World Series (yes, we still love Dodger Dogs, though you can even get poke bowls these days), and this year's edition of Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants list is out. If you carry around the print version in your car, as many of us do, it hits your doorstep in this Sunday's paper. Happy dining, and remember that some restaurants will likely be turning their televisions, if they have them, to the game tomorrow night. Goldbot: You can now talk to Jonathan Gold any time you want -- or at least the robot version of him that lives on Facebook Messenger.
Are you a veteran of L.A.'s current dating scene? Even in the New Los Angeles, with Lyft and Uber giving us cheaper rides and two-thirds of voters passing Measure M, dating without a car is still playing the game with a serious handicap. "I don't mind that you don't drive," a woman I'd been dating for six months told me last year as she drove us to dinner at Broken Spanish for my birthday. L.A. Affairs chronicles the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles.