A friend forwarded me an article about looks on the dating site Ok Okay, maybe it didn’t blow my mind, but it did validate everything that I’ve ever said about online dating.
I’m going to do my best to summarize– and explain what you can learn from it. 1) Men have a very fair assessment of women’s overall attractiveness.
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2) Women, on the other hand, rate 80% of men as below average.
Let me repeat: It’s women, not men, who have unrealistic standards for the “average” member of the opposite sex.
After coaching women for many years, I already suspected this, but this was a stark realization when you see just how few men you even find to be average looking. Ok Cupid reports that the most attractive women still receive 5X more email than average women and 28X more email than unattractive women.
Literally 2/3 of male messages go to the best looking 1/3 of women.
As Ok Cupid observed, the medical term for this is “male pattern madness”.
4) Women engage in similar behavioral patterns, just not as extreme.The most attractive men get 11X more than unattractive men.To sum up, women find most men ugly, but write to them anyway.Men find most women reasonably attractive but spend their time writing only to the hottest ones. As for how this affects YOUR online dating experience?• The average female sender gets a 30% reply rate from the most attractive males. Once again, proving that attractive women are at the top of the online dating totem pole. First of all, count your blessings that you UNDERSTAND this.• The average male sender gets a 27% reply rate from the most attractive females. A huge problem with online dating is that we have an unrealistic set of expectations about how things work.