The less-messaged woman was usually considered consistently attractive, while the more-messaged woman often created variation in male opinion. We felt like were on to something, so, being math nerds, we put on sweatpants. Our first result was to compare the standard deviation of a woman's votes to the messages she gets.We found that the more men disagree about a woman's looks, the more they like her. messages curve below, again including some examples.I imagine that for, say, the actress Kristen Bell it would be roughly like this (on the left). Bell is universally considered good-looking, but it's not like she's a supermodel or anything.She would probably get a few votes in the 'super hot' range, lots around 'very attractive', and almost none at the 'unattractive' end of the graph.Ok Cupid uses a 1 to 5 star system for rating people, so the rest of our discussion will be in those terms.All the users pictured were generous and confident enough to allow us to dissect their experience on our site, and we appreciate it. As you can see, though the average attractiveness for the two women above is very close, their vote patterns differ.Fair warning: we're about to objectify women, big-time.The whole purpose of this blog is to analyze Ok Cupid's data, and without a little bit of objectification that's impossible.
After a few hours of going through the motions of digging into his background, belief systems, mindset, non-stop drilling, role play, and eventually the in-field portion of the class.With this we can translate into how much attention she actually gets.The equation we arrived at might look opaque, but when we get into it, we'll see it says some funny things about guys and how they decide which women to hit on.As I've noted before, a hot woman receives roughly 4× the messages an average-looking woman gets, and 25× as many as an ugly one.Getting swamped with messages drives users, especially women, away.
On the left you have consensus, and on the right you have split opinion.