Between the time I started online dating and now, I've discovered exactly how dating websites work.
I've tracked and analyzed data, spoken to computer scientists, and figured out what makes certain profiles successful.
Before we could go looking for correlations to deeper stuff, our first task was to decide which questions were even first-date appropriate.
I know each person has his own opinion on what’s okay to talk about with a stranger.
I even wrote a book about what I learned—and included a final chapter written by the man who took me out on my last-ever first date.
(If you’re interested in knowing more about the above graph, you can drop-down an explanation here, complete with an interactive scatter plot that took me forever to make.)Now let’s get right to the results.There was just one problem: I didn't want to throw myself back into the dating pool. I wasn't interested in meeting dozens of single men.I just wanted to find the right man, someone who was perfect for me.” The world already gives single girls the side-eye; there really is no need to bring up singledom on dates.You’re so pretty, I’m surprised someone hasn’t taken you off the market!