An 11-inch faceless robot sitting on top of a desk, Travis was actually being remotely controlled by researches (known as the “Wizard of Oz” setup) and would respond to the dating story with either a “cold shoulder” or a gentle swaying and nodding, coupled with statements like “Wow, that’s really great! ” After their interaction with Travis, participants were asked to introduce themselves, on camera, to potential romantic partners, by sharing hobbies, positive traits, and future career plans.
Afterward, researchers asked them to rate themselves on how suitable they felt as a romantic partner.
(READ: Stuff We Didn’t Know About Until Today: You Can Rent a Friend) Miss Pivot, a dating service based in Indianapolis, offers workshops, as well as a wingwoman (or “pivot,” as they call them) service.
On the website, they address the million-dollar question: “Is your coaching like focuses too much on “short-term goals, canned lines, and the sexual side of relationships.” Those with a crippling shyness or no idea how to approach someone who’s caught their eye might find that a professional confidence-booster (in the form of a wingperson) may be just the help they need.
A female friend shows other women that a man is a well-rounded, nice and fun guy.
If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the video clip above. This is a place where Real Social Dynamics Alumni can meet other alumni, and post topics for dating advice from the Real Social Dynamics staff or other alumni.
In order to investigate whether responsiveness—an important quality in creating emotional bonds between humans—is also important for humans relating to robots, a group of researchers from Northwestern University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, decided to simulate the “stressful interaction” of online dating.
“In these roles, robots may be required to monitor their human interlocutors and engage in supportive interactions,” the researchers wrote.
However, just in case their act slips up, he or she should hope their newfound love interest has a generous sense of humor.
We have all familiarized ourselves with the concept of the wingman: the guy you keep by your side to increase the chances of you getting laid.
Ladies (and gentlemen): take heed the next time you’re approached by an interested single at a bar.
The attractive, overly complimentary friend he’s with might just be hired help.