OKCupid Separates The Pretty From The Not-So-Pretty

The online dating site likes to pair more attractive people together.

OKCupid Separates The Pretty From The Not-So-Pretty

The online dating site likes to pair more attractive people together.

-Faye Brennan

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Do you want to try online dating, but are nervous about all the losers who’ll start messaging you? Then join OKCupid, where pretty people rule!

Seriously — the online dating site has started “rewarding” its more attractive users by showing them equally attractive matches in their searches, weeding out the less-fortunate looking people. How convenient.

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A user’s attractiveness is based on data the site collects, including how many clicks photos get, and how other members respond to them. Once it’s determined that a user is in the top half of OKCupid’s pretty people, the person gets the following email:

We are very pleased to report that you are in the top half of OkCupid’s most attractive users. The scales recently tipped in your favor, and we thought you’d like to know…

Your new elite status comes with one important privilege:

You will now see more attractive people in your match results.

This new status won’t affect your actual match percentages, which are still based purely on your answers and desired match’s answers. But the people we recommend will be more attractive. Also! You’ll be shown to more attractive people in their match results.

Hmm, sounds like high school all over again! (The Consumerist)

Tell us: what do you think of OKCupid’s attractive people strategy? Is it cool, or totally sleazy?

Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.


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0 thoughts on “OKCupid Separates The Pretty From The Not-So-Pretty

  1. uptowngirl says:

    That’s a little sleazy. It just doesn’t seem right.

  2. Fashionista says:

    Yeah I agree… why wouldn’t they just show you all of your potential matches in the first place? Why hide the attractive ones until you’re deemed attractive?

  3. nycblonde says:

    Sleazy, sleazy, sleazy!

  4. kitty says:

    Dear Universe,
    Thank you for arranging for me to get married before I ever had to resort to online dating.
    Love,
    Me

  5. weetziebat says:

    Well,no one ever said online dating was an emotionally mature, ethical phenomenon.

  6. sugarpie says:

    I would SO not make the cut. But I have great eyes! lol

  7. mothermeryl says:

    Me, too, @sugarpie. I also have a good personality!

    seriously, maybe I’d submit January Jones’s picture and see how far that got me.

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