OkCupid Ranks You By Attractiveness? No Thank You.
Last week, a select bunch of OkCupid users received an e-mail informing them than they had been placed in the top half of members in terms of attractiveness, meaning that from now on in search results, they would show up higher to others in their “more attractive” group.
The determination as to whether or not you are “good looking” enough to fall into the more attractive category was based on other users’ reactions to your photo in the “Quick Search” and “Quiver” area, sections that only have a selected part of your profile text and a photo.
How does DatePro feel about this? Well, we’re not so sure. While of course we all know intial physical attraction is one of the (if not the) most important factors in whether or not you approach someone, it seems as though this is giving people who were not considered attractive enough less than a fighting chance.
Take Ugly Betty from above. She’s played by the gorgeous America Ferrera, and yet if she were a member of OkCupid, she’d probably get placed in the bottom half, and not be seen in many search results. Seems a little unfair, don’t you think?
On the other hand, its similarly not as fair to those who are automatically placed in the “more attractive” group- someone who has their exact interests may never show up on their first page of results if they aren’t deemed attractive enough? How is that a legitimate dating site decision?
What do you think?