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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  It turns out, online daters often try to make connections with people considered “out of their league”.

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According to a new study in the journal, Science Advances researchers polled online daters from New York, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle.

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The study titled, Aspirational pursuit of mates in online dating markets, found that online daters tend to reach out to those who they consider more attractive, because it’s worth a shot, even if they don’t get a message back.

Psychologists say this phenomenon makes sense because rejection online stings less than if you are shot down in person.

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“When there are plenty of fish in the sea, one can afford to throw a few back,” said researchers.