When researchers analyzed characteristics of couples who’d met on OkCupid, they discovered that one-third had matching answers on three surprisingly important questions: “Do you like horror movies?” “Have you ever traveled around another country alone?” and “Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?” OkCupid believes that answers to these questions may have some predictive value, presumably because they touch on deep, personal issues that matter to people more than they realize.There's something to pondering today when you should be doing something else.
In the interests of real science I should point out that if 1/3 of couples matched on those questions, 2/3 did not, but that's about as good as dating science gets. In the realm of gender stereotyping, there's this:
Women who flirt for the camera or show cleavage are quite successful. Men who look away and don’t smile do better than those who do; women holding animals don’t do well, but men holding animals do. Men did better when shown engaging in an interesting activity.Actually the main lesson of this article is that online dating doesn't work as well as you might hope, because people screen for the wrong things:
We are horrible at knowing what we want.In particular, people focus too much on appearance, but then you already knew that, didn't you?