How to Outwit Online Dating
Glo's writer looks at the algorithms of matchmaking in the digital age
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Darryl and I are both left-handed. Our mothers are both nurses and our fathers engineers. We share identical tastes in movies and music dating back as far as high school, when we both thought Something Corporate was really, really cool. At some point in our lives we both took personality tests, and somehow, we both got the same rare result.
Only two beers into my first date with Darryl, I knew I had more in common with him than with most of my friends.
"That's so weird!" he said, leaning over the table, eyebrows raised, in the exaggerated manner I sometimes have.
"Yeah, that's crazy," I echoed, and we went on to talk about rom-coms and craft beer and "This American Life." But as we uncovered more and more unlikely commonalities, it began to look less like fate and more like mathematics.
After all, Darryl and I met on OkCupid, a dating site that uses algorithms to match people based on how much they have in common. The algorithm said we were a 92 percent match. At that point, you can expect to share everything but a gene pool.
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