Dating and Compatibility Correlations

Quote of the Day

We will hold meetings, everyday, until I find out why no work is getting done.

— Gary Ronneberg, one of my favorite managers.

There must be an enormous amount of money involved in Internet dating because I see their commercials on television all the time. As far as their success in matching people up, I only have one data point – one of my sons met a wonderful gal though the OkCupid online service. My wife and I have been discussing this article that claims that couple compatibility is highly correlated when they have similar answers to the following three simple 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?

Having the same answer to all three questions must not be required for compatibility – my wife and I have been happily married for 35 years and our answers would be different on all three questions.

The article also claims that a woman who likes the taste of beer is 30% more likely to sleep with a man on their first date than a woman who does not like the taste of beer. I do not understand that correlation at all.

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