The firms are also so big that different departments, with differing gender balances, barely mix.
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But it’s unclear how successful those apps are for lifelong romance: Among couples who had been together for five years or less, 88 percent said they had met their partner offline — no dating app required.
(He counseled viewers to follow the depressing results with “several cartons of ice cream” and a Netflix binge.) Women here say they feel outnumbered, overworked and underwhelmed by the tech industry’s egos and eccentricities: A koan of the local dating scene: “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.” Men, in return, say they feel outmatched or overlooked.
A 39-year-old San Francisco tech entrepreneur who has given up on dating apps said, “I have a higher confidence in making another million dollars than I do in finding a spouse.” The valley’s solitude helps throw a spotlight onto the changing shape of American love.
“When it comes down to it, I really have to see that person face to face, to get that intuition, that you don’t get in a digital way.” The singles of Silicon Valley, the heart of America’s technological ambition, spend much of their lives in quiet devotion to the power of the almighty algorithm, driven by the belief that technology can solve the world’s most troubling ills.
But when it comes to the algorithms of love, many say they are losing faith.
These were problems the dating apps offered an ability to fix, with technologies ranging from brute-force mass attraction to personalized profile matching.