Actual examples of men good and bad online dating profiles
This week’s episode is called “What You Don’t Know About Online Dating.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at i Tunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.
You can also read the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.) The episode is, for the most part, an economist’s guide to dating online. ) You’ll hear tips on building the perfect dating profile, and choosing the right site (a “thick market,” like Match.com, or “thin,” like Glutenfree Singles.com? You’ll learn what you should lie about, and what you shouldn’t.
While I’m guessing most readers have not read this study, I’m pretty sure most of you have heard about the results as it was all over the news this week.
Also, you’ll learn just how awful a person can be and, if you’re attractive enough, still reel in the dates.
First you’ll hear Stephen Dubner interview Alli Reed, a comedy writer living in Los Angeles, who conducted an experiment of sorts on Ok Cupid: So she created a fake profile for a woman she called “Aaron Carter Fan” (Aaron Carter, for the uninitiated, is the younger brother of a Backstreet Boy.) Reed loaded her profile with despicable traits (see the whole list below) but used photos of a model friend. (For more, see Reed’s article “Four Things I Learned from the Worst Online Dating Profile Ever.“) Oyer hadn’t thought much about online dating until he re-entered the dating scene himself after a long absence and was struck by the parallels between the dating markets and labor markets. Vogt opened up his Ok Cupid profile to let Oyer dissect and, theoretically, improve it.
Furthermore, I’m friends with one of the reviewers who told me two months ago that “a very interesting paper was going to hit a high-impact factor journal very soon.” Completing my disclosure, I have become acquainted with the senior investigator on this study, Dr.
David Ludwig at Harvard, and will be meeting him in the near future to discuss a follow-up study.