Online dating advice
If you want to take a break from the relentlessly depressing news out of Washington, I highly recommend this OK Cupid analysis of how well different types of photographs did for members of their site. If you're looking for a date, it turns out that showing your face doesn't matter, showing your abs might help, taking your picture by holding the camera out and up from your face might be a good idea, and you probably shouldn't smile. What's even better about the post is how appalled the OK Cupid number-crunchers are by their results. It basically confirms that the world lives by "Jersey Shore" rules.
The one problem is that it's hard to solve the correlation/causation issue here: People who take ab photographs probably have great abs, and people who eschew their face are probably proud of their body, and so on. So these results could simply mean that people are fairly aware of their best attributes.
(Via Tyler Cowen)
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