OK Cupid, which evolved from the personality quiz culture of TheSpark.com, is currently one of the biggest dating/social networking sites on the web. With 3.5 million active members, they have a huge online community to dip their stick in (and yes, I wrote it that way on purpose) for dating trend analysis and observations–which are culled and commented upon on the site’s blog, OK Trends.
Earlier this week, in a post called “The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like,’” writer Christian Rudder took on a big chunk of questions:
…and used a sample group of over 500,000 OK Cupid users to forge some answers.
Before checking out what Asians REALLY like, I hypothesized on what my peeps would dig: computers, apps, expensive bags, imported cars, Bruce Lee, Depeche Mode, cute things, stuffed animals, booze, the color red, general awesomeness, robots, Giant Robot, and winning.
OK Trends says (male results on left, female results on right):
Okay, what now? Let me start by saying that I fully support interests in pho, bossa nova, sashimi (who knew the aversion to carbs was so prevalent?), and lip balm (specifically, Aquaphor, Murad, Philosophy, Rosebud Lip Salve and Kiehl’s). I can even get down with Asians being interested in Asians, because, hot damn, we’re the best. But if “coz” is what Jen and I think it is–an abbreviation for “because” or for “cousin” or for, um, “Commercial Overlay Zone“–it is perhaps the lamest interest we’ve ever heard of. Going deeper: Michael fucking Buble? The Time Traveler’s Wife? Tom Clancy? Electrical engineering? WHO ARE THESE NERDS? And why are they all reading Malcolm Gladwell so fervently??
I don’t know, but apparently OK Cupid’s White folks aren’t any cooler:
Seriously? Nicholas Sparks and Soundgarden? Are we for real here? And why ever is Tom Clancy so universally loved?
In fact, Jen and I have scrolled through every ethnicity analyzed by Rudder and frankly, we could only conclude one thing: OK Cupid users are all basically NERDS. Except for one group: Middle Eastern women, who like:
We would probably get it on with these ladies, as long as they didn’t ask us to take them to see Eat, Pray, Love, EVER.
Thanks, Tina, Cate, Erica and Erika!
Filed under: Algorithms, Analysis, Asian Nerds, Coz, Diana Really Really Hates Nerds, Equal Opportunity Nerding, Ethnicity, Interests, Lameness, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Buble, Middle Eastern Women, Nerds, Nerds Of Every Color, Nicholas Sparks, OK Cupid, OK Trends, Soundgarden, Stuff White People Like, The Real Stuff White People Like, Tom Clancy, White Nerds
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