Accessing attractiveness in online dating profiles
Especially when it comes to men trying to write to women.For all the talk about “The End of Men” and how gender roles have been obliterated and women can write to men first, blahblahblah, here’s what ACTUALLY happened after four months: • The women as a group received over 20 times more messages than the men.• The two most attractive women received 83% of all messages.
With the foundation in place, we want to move further and look at exactly what a moderator should be looking out for to catch romance scams so they can remove those fake profiles before they target your users.
Their data showed men are more drawn to names that suggest physical attractiveness, like ‘cutie’ while women tend to favor names that hint at intelligence, such as ‘cultured.’ "People are also attracted to those similar to themselves,” he said.
“So before setting up your profile, look at the profiles of people you find attractive and choose a name with a likeness.” Trends showed names with negative associations such as 'little' or 'bug' should be avoided.
Do women have it a lot easier than men, and do hot people in general have it the easiest? Millward created 10 fake OKCupid profiles with similar sounding usernames, with the same written profile, personal stats, level of education, etc. Each account had a different photo of a man or woman of varying attractiveness.
However, it’s always good to back up hypotheses with facts, and that’s what Jon Millward did with this experiment, posted on his eponymous blog.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London gathered data from 86 published psychology and sociology studies about attraction and persuasion.