An OkCupid report for the new year
Ah, 2016. We kicked things off with high energy, new hope, and a commitment to a fresh start. Just kidding, we’re still hungover. To move ahead in the New Year, we’re looking back at 2015 to find out what we’ve learned, how we’ve changed and what the future holds.
So nestle a Pedialyte and let’s get started.
Who got off, what got them off and when they got off
Casual flings vs. purity rings
Click to see which states have…
Based on OkC users who selected “casual sex” in their profile’s “I’m Looking For” section.
Based on OkC users who answered “Yes” to the question “Are you a virgin?”
Master and servant
The safe word is “consent”
0% of people on OkCupid have a desire to participate in bondage.
Would you rather be tied up during sex or do the tying?
Based on answers from OkCupid users to this match question.
We like to call it #selflove
More than half of OkCupid users masturbate a few times a week.
- Once a day or more
- A few times a week
- A few times a month
- A few times a year or less
Based on answers to the OkCupid question
“How often do you masturbate?”
Our ever-changing lexicon, overdose on emojis, and ultimate deal breakers
More than words
“Emoji” comes from Japanese ‘e’ (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”)
Most used emojis in messages
Based on number of emojis in OkCupid messages that were sent in the year 2015.
The food chain
It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all
Also known as the menu at Applebee’s
The unlikely animal kingdom that rules your messages
Read between the lines
Not all messages are created equal
A message simply saying hey has an 0% chance of being ignored.
Based on anonymized OkCupid messages sent in 2015.
Most likely to succeed
Emotional emojis see the highest reply rate
Eyebrows on fleek?
Confuse your parents with millennial speak
Bae doubled in frequency in the last year.
Based on usage in OkCupid profiles from 2014 to 2015.
First seen in 2015
Ranked according to usage in OkCupid profiles in 2015.
The deal breakers
On average, an OkCupid user answers 125 questions. These are the ones most-likely to be marked “important.”
Would you consider dating someone who has vocalized a strong negative bias toward a certain race of people?
Is interracial marriage a bad idea?
What’s your deal with harder drugs (stuff beyond pot)?
How frequently do you bathe or shower?
How often do you brush your teeth?
Do you believe contraception is morally wrong?
Based on questions marked as important by at least 5% of respondents.
Race, religion and politics are always touchy, but finally love wins
The controversial flag is the least of their worries
0% of people approve of interracial marriage.
Based on answers to the OkCupid question, “Is interracial marriage a bad idea?”
- People okay with interracial marriage
- People NOT okay with interracial marriage
Down with dogma
If you’re a non-believer, OkCupid is a great place to start
1 in 0 OkCupid users are non-believers.
- Everyone else
United States data based off of 2015 Pew Religious Landscape survey.
OkCupid data from people selecting a religion under “profile details.”
We’ll be brief
The usage of “trump” in profiles has increased seven times.
People are feeling the bern…times 1.
Based on mentions in OkCupid Profiles in 2015.
A nonconforming, ever-evolving community
On June 27th, gay marriage was legalized in 50 states. The same day, OkCupid launched Identity, allowing people to share their definition of gender and orientation.
1 in 0 people said they would date a transgender person.
Based on answers to the OkCupid question “Would you date a transgender person?”
20% of OkCupid’s staff identifies as LGBTQ.
A presumptuous invitation, the crowning of T Swift and our questionable taste in movies
Netflix and chill
A transformative year for a harmless phrase
In the last year, usage of “Netflix and chill” in OkCupid messages rose 0%.
In the beginning, “Netflix and chill” didn’t always mean Netflix and chill
From an anonymous OkCupid message sent January 11th, 2009
Top of the pops
Taylor reigns, while Miley apparently can stop
Based on mentions in OkCupid profiles in 2015 vs. 2014.
Hollywood is out of ideas
Based on the movies mentioned in OkCupid profiles, you’re okay with that
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II
4th film in franchise. We volunteer to stop talking about this film series.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
12th film the Marvel Universe. Proof that the Marvel Universe is an infinite black hole.
4th film in franchise. Large dinosaurs eating things. Again.
Mad Max: Fury Road
4th film in franchise. The fiery guitarist’s name is Coma-Doof Warrior. The more you know.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
7th film in franchise. Apparently the force is strong within OkCupid users.
Based on the number of times a movie was referenced in an OkCupid profile
Where we’re headed
Where will we be at the end of 2016? As we become more progressive, we’ll be less tolerant of those who fall behind. We predict that racial bias will continue to be our #1 deal breaker for daters and, if OkCupid users have their way, we’ll be electing a Democrat to the White House.
It’s also safe to say that as more companies allow working from home, masturbation rates will rise to hand-numbing levels, and Netflix will maintain a stronghold on our binge-watching.
What we don’t yet know are all of the sexy and bizarre ways we’ll connect in the new year.
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