OkCupid Checks Out The Dynamics Of Attraction And Your Love Inbox
November 18, 2009 at 23:02 PM EST
Every few weeks Internet dating site OkCupid uses the power of anonymized data to share a few truths about the online dating scene and human nature in general. To be sure, these reports are often highly controversial and aren't going to be showing up in scientific literature any time soon, but they're generally interesting (and often amusing) reads. The latest report to come out addresses 'Your Looks And Your Inbox', charting the number of messages users receive in relation to how attractive other members rate them. Some of the conclusions aren't surprising. The "most attractive" women receive five times as many messages as the average female does, with 2/3 of all male messages going to the top 1/3 of women. And women tend to favor the most attractive men, though the ratio is less extreme. But there are a few interesting phenomena.