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An integral part of the Ok Cupid experience — or at least, the part that the interface will never stop harassing you to keep doing, forever and always, until your mouse-clicking finger turns black and falls off — is answering personality and preference questions.
In a way, the questions are even more important than the profile you fill out in that they determine your “match” rating with potential dates. The questions are user-written, and as of two years ago, there was a pool of some 257,000 to draw from.
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.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?Sure, I learned in my Sociology 101 class that people typically end up partnering with other similarly-attractive people; I’d bet many of you have read the same.However, we’ve all got different preferences when it comes to physical attractiveness, and just because someone hasn’t gotten as many click-thrus as someone else doesn’t mean that users won’t find that person attractive.Ok Cupid's founders (Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan, and Max Krohn) were students at Harvard University when they gained recognition for their creation of The Spark and, later, Spark Notes.