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Shocking news: personality doesn't matter when dating online

OkCupid: we experiment on human beings! But by comparing Love Is Blind Day to a normal Tuesday, we learned some very interesting things. In those 7 hours without photos...people responded to first messages 44% more often, conversations went deeper...in short, OkCupid worked better. When the photos were restored at 4PM, 2,200 people were in the middle of conversations that had started “blind”. Those conversations melted away. The goodness was gone, in fact worse than gone. It was like we’d turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight.
posted by shivohum on Jul 28, 2014 - 96 comments

they really said this.

It Happened to Me: I am the Most Popular Woman on OKCupid, and by most popular, I mean the "most messaged."
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Apr 13, 2014 - 210 comments

If you’re a gay man, pose outdoors

25 Wired infographics claim to show how to create the perfect online dating profile. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Feb 6, 2014 - 54 comments

Love Is A Data Field

How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love
“I think that what I did is just a slightly more algorithmic, large-scale, and machine-learning-based version of what everyone does on the site,” McKinlay says. Everyone tries to create an optimal profile—he just had the data to engineer one.
[more inside]
posted by kyp on Jan 21, 2014 - 101 comments

Alli Reed's OKCupid Experiment

Alli Reed, occasional writer for cracked.com, attempted to create the most horrible woman OKCupid could imagine. She got 150 message within 24 hours. Here's the article. Here's the CNN interview. Here's the related commiseration.
posted by Navelgazer on Jan 7, 2014 - 278 comments

I'm not good at filling out these things rock climbing Doctor Who

Lorem ipsum for Online Dating
posted by mulligan on Aug 20, 2013 - 125 comments

Friendzone bone? None. Alone.

"Calling out rapists and online predators is a more than legitimate strategy for dealing with abuse. But how are we supposed to handle common-or-garden sexist dickwaddery when it puts photos on the internet and asks to be loved, or at least to enter what one heavily-photoshopped smiler refers to hopefully as “the bone zone”?" Laurie Penny on Nice Guys Of OK Cupid (nsfw language)
posted by mippy on Jun 28, 2013 - 385 comments

A Million First Dates: How online romance is threatening monogamy

A recent Atlantic article magazine raises the question of whether online dating discourages long term commitment. This is not the first time Atlantic has raised concerns about online dating sites. In 2006, the tone of an article on the topic was neutral. Not so much in 2010, 2011, and more recently. But perhaps we just all need more data.
posted by bearwife on Jan 29, 2013 - 65 comments

I try to not make people cry. People make me cry.

The creator of OK Cupid Enemies (nsfw) and the creator of Webcam Tears have a conversation.
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 9, 2012 - 34 comments

I'm 13, what is dream pop?

The Internet is going crazy for 19 (or 16? or 17? Definitely not really 13) year old Florida rapper Kitty Pryde’s track “Ok Cupid.” [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 21, 2012 - 220 comments

F**k Statistics

Statistical analysis of OKCupid profiles exposes some sexually fascinating revelations:

- Herbivores like giving oral more than omnivores
- Twitter users are more likely to masturbate today
- Christians and Atheists are just as likely to claim they have never masturbated
- The correlation between men who prefer gentle sex & use of the word 'boating'

I f**king love statistics [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 31, 2011 - 75 comments

He's a Magic Man, Mama...

My Brief OkCupid Affair With a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player. Jon Finkel's winnings topped $300,000 from 1997-2008, during his most active Magic: The Gathering years. These days, jonnymagic00 heads out on the professional poker circuit instead. But loyal Magic fans still have his back.
posted by misha on Aug 29, 2011 - 357 comments

Online Dating

They’d met in the psychology department at U.C.L.A., where Gonzaga was conducting a study on married couples. Setrakian, who had a master’s in clinical psychology, was the project coördinator. To test their procedures, they needed a man and a woman to impersonate a married couple for multiple sessions. Gonzaga and Setrakian became the impersonators, and fell in love. An article about online dating from the New Yorker.
posted by wittgenstein on Jul 3, 2011 - 18 comments

The Best Questions For A First Date

The Best Questions For A First Date. What questions are easy to bring up, yet correlate to the deeper, unspeakable, issues people actually care about?
posted by Tom-B on Feb 9, 2011 - 106 comments

Purchase thy enemy.

This morning, Match.Com and OKCupid tied the knot, after Match paid OKCupid $50 million in cash. OKCupid have been longstanding and outspoken critics of Match and eHarmony's business models, going as far as to call both sites deceptive scams on their corporate blog. Naturally, those criticisms silently disappeared from OKCupid's blog within minutes of the acquisition being announced.
posted by schmod on Feb 2, 2011 - 147 comments

First of all, gay sexuality is not a threat.

Gays vs. Straights. OkCupid does the math.
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Oct 12, 2010 - 146 comments

They like Diet Coke.

The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like'
posted by cmoj on Sep 8, 2010 - 233 comments

More hot stats from OKCupid

OK Cupid statistics fun: We collected 552,000 example user pictures. We paired them up and asked people to make snap judgments. Here's what we found.
posted by nomadicink on Aug 10, 2010 - 109 comments

Sadly they all died from a disease caught from an undisinfected telephone

OKCupid prides itself on being a free (though ad-supported) dating site that (supposedly) doesn't use underhanded methods to make money. But The Consumerist is reporting that some members are receiving notice that, as Beautiful People, "You will now see more attractive people in your match results."
posted by waraw on Jun 15, 2010 - 211 comments

Why Democrats Are Doomed

The Democrats Are Doomed, or How A ‘Big Tent’ Can Be Too Big [more inside]
posted by kylej on Mar 30, 2010 - 101 comments

The Case For An Older Woman

"Older women are awesome."
posted by Groovytimes on Feb 16, 2010 - 465 comments

The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures

"In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong."
posted by Groovytimes on Jan 22, 2010 - 51 comments

Your Looks and Your Inbox

"This week we will be confronting a fact that, by definition, haunts the average online dater: no matter how much time you spend polishing your profile, honing your IM banter, and perfecting your message introductions, it’s your picture that matters most." (Previously 1 2 3)
posted by gman on Nov 24, 2009 - 123 comments

The race is on.

"We’ve processed the messaging habits of almost a million people and are about to basically prove that, despite what you might’ve heard from the Obama campaign and organic cereal commercials, racism is alive and well." The people who run the dating site OkCupid continue to analyze the aggregate data of their users, shedding light on preferences and behavior. The most recent OkTrends post takes a look at their compiled racial data: Your Race Affects Whether People Write You Back. (previously 1 2)
posted by naju on Oct 7, 2009 - 459 comments

hi cutie ur realy sexy. msn?

How (not) to write an online-dating message, based on a sample of 500,000 "first contact" messages. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Sep 14, 2009 - 79 comments

Reckless is one word that comes to mind

crazyblinddate.com! From the makers of OKCupid! comes a website where you set up dates with people that you are not allowed to see or communicate with before hand. [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Nov 7, 2007 - 42 comments

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