Where one classmate might find a student’s earnestness in class endearing, another might dislike it.
If that’s the case, it doesn’t seem like beauty is in the eye of the beholder for online daters.
(Desirability could incorporate non-physical attributes as well as good looks.) When the researchers looked at the ratings, they found that most students agreed on who was hot and who was not.
Three months later, though, the researchers asked the same students to rate their classmates again.
As Sean Rad, the founder of Tinder, , Tinder calls each user’s ranking his or her “elo score.” The term comes from the world of professional chess, where elo scores are used to rank players.
The swipe-left, swipe-right dating app Tinder, for example, is known for making matches based on an internal attractiveness ranking it calculates for each of its users.
This is the difference between dating in a context where people know each other (like the UT Austin students at the end of the semester) and where they don’t (at the start of the semester).
In a dating market of strangers, they agree more on who is most datable, so they compete and settle.
They all have the same second and third choice too. Now imagine the same four friends moving into a different apartment.
This apartment has a room in the basement that 3 of the friends hate, but that one person loves because it has its own bathroom.