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It’s sad, but true. With the rise of online dating comes the decline in landing someone that is out of your league. It turns out, in the ever-digital swipe generation you are more likely to end up with someone of equal attractiveness to you. Austin Powers would not be groovy, baby.

A new study has revealed that dating online makes it significantly harder to land someone hotter than you. Why? It seems pretty obvious. On top of unconfirmed rumors that dating apps are managed on an algorithm of attractiveness, we ourselves only want to swipe right for people we are more physically attracted to – there is no time for a darling meet cute or in-person spark. Apparently, to land the person of our dreams, we all need to stay in the friend zone for awhile. Two psychologists at Northwestern, Lucy Hunt and Paul Eastwick, have found that of “couples who met when they started dating, both people were about equally attractive … [however, in] friends-first couples, 3s dated 7s and 5s married 8s.’”

Oh dear. This isn’t good for digital daters.

This was relayed by Priceonomics, where Alex Mayyasi noted, “in a dating market of strangers, they agree more on who is most datable, so they compete and settle.” This doesn’t apply to couples who have known each other for a longer amount of time, or been friends before they started dating, however.

Friends with benefits, anyone?