University of California Los Angeles’ Social Psychology professor Benjamin Karney and Psychology professor Thomas Bradbury have not only been friends but also colleagues who have worked the accomplishment of some remarkable projects.
However, despite all these years of friendship Karney pokes fun at his long time companion by saying that ’If you're gonna make scientific claims, act like a scientist. Or don't make scientific claims.’ And in response to this Bradbury can only say, ‘Yeah I get that’, laughingly. Both professors are research savvy, have written and worked together on a number of research projects that investigate and explore the reasons that help in building or contributing to a long lasting relationship.
Nevertheless, it was on Karney’s latest project on which Bradbury had to marginalize himself from. Simply and rather oddly because Bradbury works for Santa Monica based online dating website eHarmony, the same reason due to which Karney keeps taunting him on the credibility of his scientific credentials. Bradbury’s contribution for the Scientific Advisory Panel of the website has always been a point of contention between both of them. In defense to Karney’s taunts, Bardbury says that he does not agree that the website is posing harm to the lives of people.
He insists that at a maximum they might end up puked, but it’s not about life or death situation. In response to this Karney and other advocates say that the Federal Trade Commission has made it clear enough that online dating sites must be subjected to similar regulatory treatment as any other advertised products. There are a couple of things that one needs to highlight after going through the entire scenario.
First, Bradbury’s statement that the work they do and the end product it form is completely exclusive to the matter of life and death is fallacious. Even if it’s not, it does not provide a website like eHarmony with the license of playing with anyone’s emotion by pairing him up with a freak. And, moreover there are only speculations one can make about the impact of any pairing that the site is doing. In some cases it can be massive enough to avoid a possible crackdown or litigation on the website.
Secondly, it is important that the top management of the website eHarmony especially its founder Neil Clark Warren, must clear the different concerns and questions that surround the website and its reputation. This is also important since Bradbury has already stated that his opinion has no influence upon the end product the website may end up designing.
Hence in such circumstances that Warren clarifies the position of his website in regards to the core reason professors like Bradbury and others have been hired. Or do they just constitute to the eye candy of eHarmony?