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.
"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
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
, and more recently
. But perhaps we just all need more data.
The creator of OK Cupid Enemies
(nsfw) and the creator of Webcam Tears
have a conversation
Statistical analysis of OKCupid profiles
exposes some sexually fascinating revelations:
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
- The correlation between men who prefer gentle sex & use of the word 'boating'
I f**king love statistics [more inside]
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
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?
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.
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.
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."
"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.
"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)
"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
How (not) to write an online-dating message,
based on a sample of 500,000 "first contact" messages. [more inside]
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]