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Online Dating Site OKCupid Ranks Users On Looks

Dating Site Segregates the Beautiful From the Rest?

Every once in a while, lucky members of online dating site OKCupid get a boost to their egos that rival getting hit by Cupid's arrow itself. The website's matchmakers rank the site's users on attractiveness. Then, the hottest users get an email alerting them of their elite status and new perks.

Consumerist got its hands on the email, which reads:

We are very pleased to report that you are in the top half of OkCupid's most attractive users. The scales recently tipped in your favor, and we thought you'd like to know...

Your new elite status comes with one important privilege: You will now see more attractive people in your match results.

Is it just me or is that a backhanded compliment? Saying you just crossed into the top half means you were previously in the bottom half, right? While we can debate the merits of ranking users, I wonder if the site eventually sends this email to all users to keep them coming back.

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nylorac nylorac 7 years
you can be beautiful and not be photogenic, and obviously the opposite works (photograph better than you look in person)... first impression looks are held to a much higher accountability in the world of cyber dating.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
What about the people that never get that e-mail? Ouch, haha
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
Do you get an email if you fall below the 50%? I wonder what that reads like... "We are very sorry to report that you are in the bottom half of OkCupid's most attractive users. The scales recently toppled against you, and we thought you should know... Your new disadvantaged status comes with one unfortunate concession: You will now see less attractive people in your match results."
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I have never used a dating site, but if I got this I would be flattered.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
My boyfriend and I met on this site, and are still members of this site. When we both got this email, all we could do was roll our eyes because the site hasn't bothered to stop matching us with people while we're listed as "in a relationship." And we both thought, "who are you to tell us who we find attractive?"
Keana18 Keana18 7 years
In a way i can see where this site is coming from but in other ways i can not, attractive, well in my opinion, is NOT everything. Of course we all want an attractive person who we connect with more than just on a sexual level, but beautiful is only skin deep, if a site alerts me on the attractiveness on one person and not on the attractiveness of their personality then maybe we should choose another site, or better yet venture into the world and find someone. Keana Keep Moving Forward
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