He called it the "halo syndrome." "It can be pretty high emotion and high passion on that first meeting," he said.Of the women who answered the survey, half were divorced and more than three-quarters had at least some college education.Nearly a third were in their 40s, about a quarter were in their 30s and another quarter were in their 20s.They used various techniques to screen suitors before the first date.They’re based in Fort Worth, Texas, and their show is known as what “your mom listens to after she drops you off at school.” Lex and Terry, as well as Dee and a few other team members (they’ve changed over the years), talk about anything and everything.
Some watched for inconsistencies in men's stories, asked for a photo or talked on the phone to judge character. The women also took precautions on the first date, such as meeting in a public place.
Dan Ariely , a professor of behavioral economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the apparent contradiction doesn't surprise him.
People behave differently in the heat of the moment from when they plan ahead, he said.
By the time two people meet face-to-face, they may feel as though they've been seeing each other for a while.
The Internet is popular for love-seekers, with more than 20 million — out of the country's estimated 90 million singles — visiting at least one online dating service a month, says Online Dating Magazine, an Internet Web site dedicated to the industry.