“They be called ‘introducing services.’ They enable you to go out and go and meet the person yourself.”What about those search algorithms?When researchers analyzed characteristics of couples who’d met on Ok Cupid, they discovered that one-third had matching answers on three surprisingly important questions: “Do you like horror movies?TOO MUCH FILTERING The Internet offers a seemingly endless supply of people who are single and looking to date, as well as tools to filter and find exactly what you’re looking for.
(Some categories overlapped.)By 2009, half of all straight couples still met through friends or at a bar or restaurant, but 22 percent met online, and all other sources had shrunk.
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As Christian Rudder, an Ok Cupid co-founder, tells it, women who were rated very attractive were unlikely to respond to men rated less attractive.
But when they were matched on Crazy Blind Date, they had a good time. Rudder puts it, “people appear to be heavily preselecting online for something that, once they sit down in person, doesn’t seem important to them.”Some of what we learned about effective photos on Ok Cupid was predictable: Women who flirt for the camera or show cleavage are quite successful.