Okcupid dating persona test the priss

Unsurprisingly, people contacted profiles they were told were highly compatible more, but Rudder reports that when they tried the reverse and told users that someone who was actually a 90 per cent match was only 30 per cent compatible, the odds of them having a conversation dropped.

"If you have to choose only one or the other, the mere myth of compatibility works just as well as the truth," Rudder said.

But Rudder says internet denizens should get over themselves.

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Interface and Profiles Ok Cupid's left column houses most of its important goodies.

You can check out Matches (which lets you look for others based on user-selected criteria), Messages (your inbox), Visitors (people who've viewed your profile), Quick Match (lets you rate potentials on a five-star scale), Events (local happenings where you'll find other Ok Cupid members), a section that displays who's online of the people you've favorited, and recently visited and recommended profiles.

The recent uproar from users who had discovered Facebook was meddling with their minds is overblown, according to Christian Rudder, co-founder of dating site OKCupid.

Facebook's academic study into manipulating the moods of its users by fiddling with their news feeds has sparked an FTC complaint and a lot of outrage – particularly after COO Sheryl Sandburg's non-apology apology.

For example, last January the Match.com-owned site launched a short-lived blind dating app and to promote it held a "love is blind" day: for that, it removed photos from profiles for seven hours.

Traffic predictably fell off a cliff, but user data showed that those who did attempt to set up a blind date exchanged more messages than usual with their potential partners.

When the site restored photographs to the site, it found those conversations dried up: "It was like we’d turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight," Rudder said.

Those who stuck with it and went on a date generally reported they had as good a time as if they'd met someone with a full profile, although Rudder notes that women who dated attractive men had slightly worse dates – which he attributed to them being more likely to be "assholes." The second experiment stems from when OKCupid users were asked to rate profiles on the attractiveness and the personality of a stranger.

So OKCupid decided to start lying about personality matches and seeing what happened.

It took profiles that were only 30 per cent suitable for users and told them they were 90 per cent compatible.

To readers who met their partners on OKCupid with 90 per cent matches, and now wondering if it was actually a 30 per cent: perhaps you've proved that opposites really do attract.

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