Some dating websites will soon be able to match potential partners based on body odor. The start-upBasisnote has developed a test to determine your body odor type, and enter it as an online code.
Scientists have known for some time that humans are naturally attracted to the smell of someone who has a high degree of genetic variation from their own. This is a natural mechanism for preventing inbreeding. Although we don't go around sniffing each others' butts, we do at least subconsciously analyze the smell of a potential mate.
While I agree that smell does play a huge role in who we find attractive, I doubt the usefulness of using a smell profile online.
First of all, the test doesn't take into consideration human error or deception. I don't trust the majority of people online to put up accurate pictures of themselves. Why would I trust them to be honest in reporting their body odor type? Men will just claim to have body odor type: Acqua Di Gio. Even if people our honest, some are just too stupid to use their computers for much more than internet porn, let alone accurately calculating their body odor codes.
If you allow these services to match people based on how genetically different they are, you're going to have a religious WMBA player sitting down to dinner with a dwarfish Dungeons and Dragons wizard. I'm not saying complete opposites cannot find love. What I'm saying is that even though our nose may look for someone who is genetically different, there are many other factors that often must fall into place first--factors that open minded people don't like to acknowledge on their online profiles for fear of being considered bigots. Income for instance.
Read the report for yourself at Sciencedaily.com