It also gives weight to gender stereotypes many people might find uncomfortable, such as relying on tropes of male agression and female passivity (receptivity) in social sexual situations.
And, it sadly appears here that girls with glasses still get the fuzzy end of the lollipop in mainstream dating.
Millward found out that the pretty-girl-gets-attention thing is not brain surgery, but online it's just like in real life - but that kind of attention is, like, on steroids.
However, after digging into it deeper he backed away from the statement that "women have it easier" when it comes to online dating.
Instead Millward concluded that while women may have wider selection capabilities, a number of girls are faced with a signal to noise ratio that can render the selection process into a null. Those of us who have come to expect the moon from Jon Millward's experiments won't be disappointed with the Ok Cupid experiment.
Way back before Ok Cupid was bought by they would do fantastic, fascinating and fun Ok Cupid Labs posts where they'd analyze their internal data and do really cool - and often helpful, controversial - writeups about the results.
Those blog posts no longer happen, and I think a lot of us miss them.
We can fill the void a tiny bit with Millward's new, controversial Ok Cupid experiment.
Jon Millward (known to many for his Analysis of 5000 Call Girl Reviews and Life of a Call Girl: Fantasy vs.
Reality) just posted the results of his newest project: Ok Cupid on Trial: A 4-month Online Dating Experiment Using 10 Fictional Singletons. In online dating, especially in discussions about popular dating site Ok Cupid, it's a widely held belief that attractive young straight women have it easy.
Millward decided to put this to the test by making ten fake profiles to see what kind of results he'd get based purely on superficiality.
Keep in mind that Millward's experiment is hetero-focused, and "attractiveness" can be pretty subjective. The judges were not too far off in guessing the attraction habits in the Ok Cupid pool used for the wider United States - though I do wonder who the real people are and how they'd feel if they found out about the results...
In the first 24 hours of the profiles being online: This might not surprise anyone, but seeing just how wide the gulf is between the sexes in a quick and dirty fake profile experiment is pretty eye-opening.