Friday, October 23, 2015

"Twenty Two!"

You will be surprised to discover that occasionally Clare and myself have arguments: politics usually. I think it's fair to say that emotions are sometimes engaged and we get a little red-faced. But now, if I come close to winning, Clare defiantly spits back: "Twenty Two!".

Back-up to this report from OKCupid. Christian Rudder, the 39-year-old president and co-founder of the online dating site, has written a book, “Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking”. The book describes trends he's found analysing OKCupid's enormous database.

An example: here's how straight women rate the men on OKCupid based on their age. Rudder reports: “Women who are, say, 28 find guys who are also 28 about the most attractive, and so forth. Up until about 40, when that’s getting too old.”

The dotted line is the 'equal age' line. You can see that young women find men a few years older more attractive. Around 29-30 it all evens out. As women get into their forties, they want a younger specimen, a moderately-toy boy.

Now, you will naturally be interested in the similar chart for men. As men age, what is the age of the women they find most attractive? And this data is, of course, also available.

The feminist rests her case.


Via Steve Hsu.

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