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I’d just been through two rather nasty breakups, the second of which had involved a boyfriend who cheated on me with a girl he met online.
I’d never really taken online dating seriously, but listening to the recently ex-boyfriend wax rhapsodic about this girl he’d only actually met once in person did at very least bring the notion to the forefront of my attention.
For your edification (and specifically for the friend in question: you know who you are), I present the results of my obsessive over-intellectualising.
That's how websites work."Three experiments In one experiment, the site told pairs they were a 90% match when in fact they were a 30% match.All our site metrics were way down during the “celebration”, for example: And it wasn’t that “looks weren’t important” to the users who’d chosen to stick around. It was like we’d turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight. I found a similar thing: once they got to the date, they had a good time more or less regardless of how good-looking their partner was.When the photos were restored at 4PM, 2,200 people were in the middle of conversations that had started “blind”. Here’s the female side of the experience (the male is very similar).I’m the first to admit it: we might be popular, we might create a lot of great relationships, we might blah blah blah. A while ago, we had the genius idea of an app that set up blind dates; we spent a year and a half on it, and it was gone from the app store in six months.
It’s not like people have been building these things for very long, or you can go look up a blueprint or something. Ok Cupid’s ten-year history has been the epitome of the old saying: two steps forward, one total fiasco.
Among other things, The featured a number of humorous self-quizzes and personality tests, including the four-variable Myers-Briggs style Match Test.