OKCupid is a great source for weird statistical analysis of online dating. They cross reference their online dating website database to come up with some strange correlations. Sadly, most of their conclusions are irrelevant for orthodox Jewish daters. However, one quotable stat that SiBaW brought to my attention recently is about first date questions and compatibility. In their search for meaning from numbers, OKCupid discovered that 32% of couples who became long-term partners agreed on the following three questions:
- Do you like horror movies?
- Have you ever traveled around another country alone?
- Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?
Questions about religion and smoking had only a 15% correlation. So there you go, folks. Ask these three questions on a first date, and if his/her answers are the same as yours, go out again. If not, dump him/her.
For the record – I don’t like horror. (It’s scary.) I’ve traveled around another state alone, but the closest I’ve come to traveling another country was going away for Shabbos in Israel alone. And yes, it would be loads of fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat, but I haven’t got the guts. Maybe if I got laid off and could do it for a year while collecting unemployment. Based on that, who wants to go out?
*Link not included due to questionable content. Let’s just say this was the only of their five conclusions that was mildly relevant to shidduch daters.
Hat tip to SiBaW.