There have been a number of studies over the years that suggest we're attracted to people who look like us. (Sample studies: Daily Mail: Why women are attracted to look-alikes; Clemson University's Attractiveness study; MSNBC: Why some longtime lovers look alike.) It makes perfect sense: How could you dislike a person who reminds you of No. One?
Now a new dating service has launched that will help you do just that -- find your "face mate" instead of your soul mate. Or maybe the FindYourFaceMate.com folks believe the two are one and the same.
New Yorker Christina Bloom, who contends that couples who resemble each other have the longest-lasting relationships, launched the site last spring. The company claims its methods are "based on scientific evidence that 'likes' attract when it comes to facial features."
It uses facial recognition technology to search its "face base" of member photographs for potential partners with similar features, "and thus, a greater chance for chemistry," according to a news release.
For the time being, the service is free. To get started, users must register on the site, upload a photo, and answer a brief set of questions. When face matches are returned, they can select prospective dates with compatible personal styles and values. Communication between parties is handled through the site, which boasts more than 21,000 members.
But of those 21,000 members, not one resembled me, apparently, as you can see from the screen shot above. Despite my uniqueness, this whole thing begs the question: is finding a mirror mate what we should be looking for?
Photo: This is how a search looks on findyourfacemate.com. Unfortunately, the system was not able to find a match for Jessica Damiano.