Tuesday 30 September 2014

What are the Two Questions You Should Ask on a First Date?

Here's...useful dating advice

What are the Two Questions You Should Ask on a First Date?

It sounds like the sort of line that is best suited to the opening of a horror film, but the co-founder of matchmaking website OkCupid has revealed that “Do you like scary movies?” is one of the best questions to ask on a first date.

Christian Rudder, who set up the dating service with two friends a decade ago, said it was one of the best ways of telling whether you would end up with a prospective partner.
The other question he would recommend asking is “Have you ever travelled alone to another country?”

“In about three-quarters of the long-term couples OkCupid has brought together, both people have answered these two questions the same way, either both ‘yes’ or both ‘no’,” 
Rudder wrote in a newspaper article on what he had learned in ten years working on the site.“That’s much, much higher than the expected rate, since both questions evenly split our user base. In fact, successful couples agree on scary movies – either they both like them or they both hate them – about as often as they agree on the existence of God.”
Rudder, who has led OkCupid’s analytics team since 2009, also compiled a list of 30 words which appeared disproportionately often in British users’ profiles.
Haribo, wot, wasters, trousers, trainers, bloke, moaning, lecturer and bolognese all made the cut.

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