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OKCupid Is Experimenting On/Lying To Users Now

OKCupid Is Experimenting On/Lying To Users Now

Last weekend, I got a curious email from OKCupid. I have a profile on the site, but rarely log in and haven’t actually messaged with or gone on a date with anyone in months and months. I still get regular emails about having new matches, but this email subject line stood out immediately: “Match % update for [REDACTED USERNAME].” Hmm. The email (above) alerted me that due to “a diagnostic test,” my match percentage with a specific user had been erroneously reported and the two of us were actually 92 percent compatible, as opposed to the previously determined 32 percent. Keep reading »

Dater X: An Unexpected (And Surprisingly Pleasant) OKCupid Run-In

Dater X: An Unexpected (And Surprisingly Pleasant) OKCupid Run-In

The other night when a number I didn’t recognize flashed on my phone, I decided to answer the call and was greeted with a cheerful, “Hey there, it’s Andrew.”

“Andrew?” I replied, clearly confused about who was on the other end of the line. “I’m sorry. Andrew who?”

“From the bar on Saturday night. You gave me your number,” he said, sounding slightly defeated by my forgetfulness.

And then it hit me. I knew exactly who he was. He was my OKCupid run-in. Keep reading »

Here’s What Happens When You Make An OKCupid Profile That’s Actually Honest

Filter By Body Type?
You Can Filter Matches By Body Type On OKCupid -- But Is That Such A Bad Thing?
You can filter matches by body type on OK Cupid now. Read More »
Outsmarting Online Dating
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honesty on ok cupid

Let’s be real, honesty terrifies people — probably more than almost anything else. We like to fill our social interactions with surface-level conversations about how we’re “doing just fine” and save the real stuff for a select few people we trust. Even then, it’s tempting to only confide deep feelings that reflect well on us and push the ugliest stuff  deep down. Do the masks we wear cause us to lose out on potential deep connections? Probably.

Brooklyn artist Jessica Prusa wanted to see what would happen if she skipped the surface-level niceties and presented her most vulnerable, raw thoughts to strangers. So, as she explained on The Hairpin, Jessica created an OKCupid profile (originally for a nude self portrait-themed art exhibit in New York) that explores the honesty of the Internet when paired with the accountability of having your name and face next to your words. Her profile shared some of her deepest thoughts and fears, as she hoped to gauge how men would respond to blunt truthfulness instead of the “best self” we tend to present in our online personas.  Keep reading »

Why Does OK Cupid Need To Know That? Its 10 Weirdest Questions Revealed

Online Dating No-Nos
Take these five phrases off your profile immediately! Read More »
Creepy OKCupid Msgs
This lady illustrated creepy messages she's gotten on OKCupid. Read More »
Online Exaggerations
A few of the silly exaggerations in Amelia's online dating profile. Read More »

OK Cupid can be a great place to get a date. But delve too deep into the hidden corners of the online dating site, and you’re probably not going to like what you find. Ever take a gander at their “questions” section? It’s extensive, and covers everything from what you like to do in bed, to what you like to eat, to how you’d raise your future OKC spawn. There are literally hundreds — nay, thousands — of these questions, created by the site and also submitted by users. And LaptopMag.com trolled through and found 10 of the creepiest. Keep reading »

How To Be A Creep On The Internet

Mila Talks Online Dating
Mila Kunis would be into online dating if she wasn't famous. Read More »
Creepy OKCupid Msgs
This lady illustrated creepy messages she's gotten on OKCupid. Read More »
OKC Enemies
Y'all got issues. Read More »
Online Faux Pas
Guys, stop doing these things online. Read More »
online creep

Reddit is known as “the front page of the Internet.” It’s where millions of people go to discuss everything. Think of it as a web of endless message boards, each with their own community.

Recently, a user posted in the Reddit board “Ask Reddit” for help about a girl. Here is the original post (which the commentor later deleted): Keep reading »

The Women Of OK Cupid Are More Superficial Than The Men

Online Dating Don'ts
Guys need to stop doing these things online. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Disclosure
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What are you obligated to disclose on your online dating profile? Read More »

According to Christian Rudder, the co-founder of online dating site OK Cupid, women’s perception of “attractiveness” is way more warped then that of the men. In an interview following his recent TED talk about OK Cupid’s dating algorithm,Rudder revealed some stats about the “Quick Match” section of the site. For those of you who haven’t been on OK Cupid, you can click on “Quick Match” and scroll through pictures, giving attractiveness ratings of 1 to 5. For those of you who have been on the site, you more likely refer to it as “that game you play when you’re bored of watching TV.”

According to the TED blog, when Rudder showed a graph of the ratings men give to women, there was a normal distribution with fewer women falling in the 1 and 5 range and the majority rating somewhere in the middle. But when it came to women “Quick Matching” men, the graph skewed toward the unattractive side. Apparently, we rate lots of men a 1 and hardly any a 4 or 5. “A 3.8 for a guy is basically Hollywood material,” Rudder joked. Keep reading »

Creepy Cupid Offers Real OKCupid Messages Turned Into V-Day Sentiments

Online Dating Don'ts
Guys need to stop doing these things online. Read More »
Online Dating
John DeVore thinks it's a waste of time. Do you? Read More »

We’ve all gotten them: creepy, totally weird, off-beat OK Cupid messages. But what if you could turn those creepster messages into hilarious V-Day cards. That’s what JESS3 did — creating a V-Day reminder of some of the worst, most tone-deaf Romeos out there. Check out a couple more, after the jump.  [JESS3]

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Would You Let OKCupid Set You Up On A Blind Date?

Reasons To Blind Date
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Ten reasons you should consider going out on a blind date. Read More »
7 Terrible First Dates
First Dates So Terrible They Made The News
First dates that were so terrible they made the news. Read More »
OKC Enemies
Y'all got issues. Read More »

Most daters tend to want as much information as possible when they walk into a room to meet someone. But OKCupid is banking on the idea that information is actually getting in the way. There’s no denying that dating online is a bonafide “thing” now, but some wonder how much it actually results in people meeting their match. After all, users can spends weeks or months communicating with a potential match without actually ever meeting up. OKCupid co-founder Sam Yagan wants to change all that — he believes people should spend more time dating and less time talking. So the company decided to relaunch an old blind dating app they created several years ago — now called Crazy Blind Date — which uses highly protected OKCupid algorithims to match daters with similar interests.

But would you use it?

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The Soapbox: Stop Humiliating People For Their Sex Practices Online

Shaming "Nice Guys"
nice guys of OK Cupid
All about the Nice Guys Of OK Cupid Tumblr. Read More »
Online Dating No-Nos
Take these five phrases off your profile immediately! Read More »
OKC Enemies
Y'all got issues. Read More »
Online Dating Lies
Here's some of the whoppers people use in their profile. Read More »
sex exposed

For as long as we’re aware of other people’s dirty bits and sexual desires, we’re aware of how funny it can be to talk about them. My niece, for instance, thinks that “butt” is the funniest word in the English language. But she’s six. The grown-up version of “Ha ha, butt!” are those conversations — either whispered sotto voce or way-too-loud after a few too many cocktails — about other people’s personal lives, particularly the parts we’re not supposed to know. She did what? He wanted to put his thingy where? Oh my God. EW. 

I’m not above finding the TMI details of other people’s private lives fascinating. Or sharing my own. Hey, the dude who wanted to lock me inside a dog cage and pee on me makes for an interesting story. (Hopefully he has found someone less claustrophobic to fulfill that pecadillo.) It satisfies the same morbid curiosity that wants to see celebrity nude pics. We want to know what other people are packing, I suppose so we can compare it against ourselves.

But there’s a point where a line needs to be drawn. It needs to be drawn hard. We need to stop posting people’s real-life personal, private, sexual information on the Internet for the purpose of mocking or shaming them. Keep reading »

“Nice Guys Of OK Cupid” = The Scariest Tumblr Of Dudes You Never Want To Date

Ugly Is Good?
OKC says being uglier actually makes you more attractive. Read More »
OKC Enemies
Y'all got issues. Read More »
"Nice Guys" Who Rape
Intent isn’t everything, but it does matter. Read More »
nice guys of OK Cupid

How do we feel about this new trend of shaming people by attaching their photos to douchey stuff they say online? I’m not arguing that some of the gents on Nice Guys Of OK Cupid are not pigs. The Tumblr is unmasking all kinds of misogynists and power-hungry freaks. Like, say, the guys who answer “yes” to the question, “Do you think there are certain circumstances a person is obligated to have sex with you?” Keep reading »

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