He said, "If you use the Internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site.That's how websites work."Three experiments In one experiment, the site told pairs they were a 90% match when in fact they were a 30% match.The dating site Ok Cupid confessed to experimenting with user matches, misleading them to believe they were compatible with people they weren't.These users said they now know why some dates were "a complete nightmare." This might be the explanation for your last bad date.They’d heard about some students at Harvard who’d come up with a program called Operation Match, which used a computer to find dates for people. She makes Quiche Lorraine, plays chess, and like me she loves to ski. ” One day, a woman named Patricia Lahrmer, from 1010 WINS, a local radio station, came to to do an interview.A year later, Altfest and Ross had a prototype, which they called Project , an acronym for Technical Automated Compatibility Testing—New York City’s first computer-dating service. She was the station’s first female reporter, and she had chosen, as her début feature, a three-part story on how New York couples meet.Ok Cupid was birthed from the Match Test on The Spark.com, and in those early days, you could be matched with dates on your question answers alone. But in modern Ok Cupid times, the pool of the first 100 or so questions a user gets tends to be pretty consistent, largely on the themes of religion, politics, and superficiality.The two of you answer a question saying you both believe book-burning is worse than flag burning and that’s really important to you? These question answers are not only descriptive of a person on a individual level, but they’ve also proven in the past to be a pretty powerful statistical tool, drawing connections on a societal level that we’d never arrive at otherwise.
Men were asked to rank drawings of women’s hair styles: a back-combed updo, a Patty Duke bob.Good matches, even if told they weren't compatible, still connected but not as much as when they knew their actual compatibility.In another experiment, Ok Cupid asked users to rate people's looks and personalities based on their profiles.For instance, back in 2011, the founders noted that the answer to the question “do you like the taste of beer?” was the single best predictor of the same person’s answer to the question “would you have sex on the first date?