"You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this
girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is
whether or not you're perfect for each other."
-Good Will Hunting
“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone.
It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make
you feel alone.”
-World’s Greatest Dad
"Christian Rudder is mild-mannered in person. But in his official
capacity as the president of OkCupid, an irreverent online-dating
site, he likes to provoke.
Mr. Rudder is particularly interested in the divide between the
mates people claim they want and their actual online pursuits.
Witness the actions of 35-year-old heterosexual men on OkCupid.
These men typically search for women between the ages of 24 and 40,
Mr. Rudder reports, yet in practice they rarely contact anyone over
...picture for a moment if I emailed nothing but men between the
ages of 38 and 43... nary a response to be had...
More from Mr. Rudder:
"On how men and women perceive attractiveness online
Age is a huge variable in online dating. Women generally like a guy
to be the same age as them up until the guys hit about 40. But when
you flip it around, when you look at how men perceive women, it's
pretty much a just straight ticket vote for 20, which is the lowest
age I looked at in my data set. So even 45-year-old guys rate
20-year-old women the best. It's a very pervasive opinion among at
least the people on OkCupid.
... This is just measuring people's opinions, not what they
actually go out and do. What you see when you actually look at what
people do, you see the realism set in. So these 40-year-old guys
... they [sic] people they actually have the courage to actually go
out and message are a lot older: it's 30, 35-year-old women"