By Jaycie Cash
In other words, they told couples they were compatible when the algorithms the site uses to test these things actually indicated the opposite. By the same token, they informed other couples they were poor matches when, in fact, the company’s findings indicated they were compatible.
And why did they mess with people’s lives this way, you may well ask?
According to site co-founder Christian Rudder, because the tests helped the company refine its product and test its findings.
Guess what they discovered. . .
“When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are,” Rudder wrote in a blog post. “Even when they should be wrong for each other.” In addition, those who were falsely told they were bad matches were less likely to exchange as much as four messages with each other.
I’m guessing because they didn’t want to waste their time possibly developing feelings for someone who they’d been led to believe (by supposed experts, mind you) would make a poor life partner, at least for them.
Now, I’m no legal expert, but if this isn’t a form of fraud, I can’t imagine what is.
In its “About Us” section OKCupid has written “We use math to get you dates. It’s extremely accurate, as long as (a) you’re honest, and (b) you know what you want.”
I’d like to add (c) “And we don’t randomly choose to mess with your heart and your head.”
To quote Georgia Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Be warned: a spokeswoman for OKCupid has indicated the site plans to continue with these experiments.
So the lesson here for those who are thinking about venturing into the waters of online dating are: 1) don’t use OKCupid, whatever you do and 2) trust your own instincts about any potential mate you meet, however you meet them, no matter what anyone else says.
After all, you’re the ultimate keeper and expert when it comes to your own heart.
HOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT OKCUPID HAS DONE? HAVE YOU EVER TRIED ONLINE DATING? WOULD YOU TRY IT NOW AT OKCUPID? A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.