Why humans suck: Ratings of personality conditioned on looks, profile, and reported match

by PhilGoetz 1 min read9th Aug 201420 comments


The recent OKCupid blog, which gwern mentioned in Media Open Thread, investigated the impact of three different factors on users' perceptions of each other: authority (reported match %), profile text (present or absent), and looks.

On the bright side, the authority versus reality match-up came out tied:

If you don't consider that a good outcome, you're not yet sufficiently cynical.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what are a thousand words worth?

Ratings with and without profile text

... Approximately nothing.

And the winner is...