OkCupid: Best questions to ask on a first date

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

OkCupid continues their analysis on the mysteries of the dating world, this time on the best questions to ask on a first date, or rather, the best questions to ask when you actually want to find out something else. Will your date have sex on the first date? Ask your date if he or she likes the taste of beer, because:

Among all our casual topics, whether someone likes the taste of beer is the single best predictor of if he or she has sex on the first date.

Well, okay, not entirely correct. The question is if they would consider sex, not if they’d actually do it. I’ve considered buying just about every Apple product, but all I have is the one Macbook. Still interesting though.

I’m still waiting for LinkedIn to start doing this sort of analysis. I mean it’s more or less the same thing, except you’re trying to find a company to work for rather than a partner to, uh, have beer with. Who’s with me?

6 Comments

  • completely agree, dating and job hiring have many similar points, one for all: when it goes bad, both do not tell you WHY you failed.

  • Colourless Green February 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    /Contracting/ is dating. Being an employee: that’s marriage!

  • looking at it from a different angle, if you are not considering, say, buying an apple product, chances of you actually going to the store and paying for one are close to nil.
    that said, a ~68% prediction rate (for women) is not exactly telepathy. and, due to the success of the blog articles, I can see this very question winning in popularity, and possibly losing in accuracy…

  • Oh hogwash! This is an incomplete report of a study (if there is any), or an incomplete study, and tells us nothing. That a number of males seem to buy it and, of course,LIKE it, only “proves” that the majority of them must be geekier computer types than even most of us would expect, and evidently really hard up for a date. What else is new? (Here’s a tip for all you dateless wonders – how about actually talking to a woman as if she’s a real, thinking human being. You can always discuss “hypothetical” options. OR, you could (oh my lord!) be honest, and ask the question directly – IF you think it’s in your best interest. If that’s all you want, why not just ask – many times I wished the guy would just out with it (the question, I mean – anything else IS a bit over the top, and never worked with me.) And, many times (this was the 80’s, mind you) I would have been agreeable. Just think how many silly men lost out because of trying to extrapolate my answer from other completely irrelevant info., like my preference for wine over beer! Silly boys!

  • Here are some examples that have been done from LinkedIn :-)

    * Collapse of the financial industry: http://blog.linkedin.com/2010/02/18/linkedin-analytics-financial/
    * Rise of the Ninja: http://blog.linkedin.com/2010/04/08/linkedin-ninja-job-title/
    *Superbowl: http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/02/04/linkedin-super-bowl/
    * How millennials are changing the promotion game: http://blog.linkedin.com/2011/01/26/linkedin-promotions-data/
    * Veterans and where are they now: http://blog.linkedin.com/2010/11/11/veterans-where-are-they-now/
    * Buzzwords: http://blog.linkedin.com/2010/12/14/2010-top10-profile-buzzwords/

    If you have suggestions, we’d love to hear them.

    • It’d be fun to dig deeper! Like with the buzzwords one – maybe they’re overused, but are people less likely (or more likely) to have a job if they don’t use the overused words? Or do people of different ages use different language? It’s along the same lines as rise of the ninja.

      I think what everyone will want to know is what sets the best apart from the rest. I guess you don’t have salaries, but you have company information and job titles. Employed vs unemployed? Self-employed versus big company? Job stable versus a hopper? Maybe even those who link a Twitter account versus those who update a lot on LinkedIn…

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