The swinging woodworker dad is definitely not the guy for me, but I hope it’s someone just as unexpected.
Forget money: all you need to buy love these days is an Ivy League diploma.
You might think that having a dating site for, oh, Democrats would be a good idea if you’re the kind of person who can’t fathom a Carville-Matalin match.
But here’s the thing: When Ok Cupid scrubbed the data, it found that political affiliation didn’t tip the scales on compatibility.
The process started with Tinder (and later Hinge) requiring social media integration.
Dating basically became six degrees of Facebook, and it only got narrower and more exclusive from there.
This, let’s be clear, is not a good thing—and not just because elitism is lame.
The site also combed through its data on successful matches, looking for the questions that best predicted which two profiles would couple up.
Three stood out, and none of them had anything to do with politics, religion, or social status: Would you ditch it all to go live on a sailboat? And have you ever traveled in another country alone?
According to a 2015 study out of France, after 2006, niche dating sites began specifically pushing endogamy.
“In love,” the researchers wrote, “people have long looked for their other half; now it seems that we are rather looking for our double, as if reflected in a mirror.” This is not cute.