TL;DR: OkCupid took what young people hate about basic swiping apps and corny dating sites and rebranded into a hip middle ground. Its multi-faceted matchmaking, spotlight on social justice, and low price point make it stand out from competitors.
Making a profile: it's actually not a pain in the ass
Let's cut the mushy bullshit and get straight to the point: Online dating gets old real fast. Connecting with people you likely wouldn't have met before sounds amazing at first, but the steps preceding that potential success story can be cumbersome. What's the point of answering questions that everyone lies about anyway if a site's algorithm ignores your filters regardless?
All it gets you is weirdos terrorizing your inbox, people who are about to retireor someone who just wants to bangeven if you requested to only see users who marked that they're ready to get monogamous.
OkCupid may be able to change your mind. Everyone knows the name, but what tons of people especially young people may not realize is that it's not just another eharmony or Match. OkCupid is the perfect happy medium that you might have thought didn't exist. It's ideal for people who don't want anything to do with mindless swiping apps, but who also don't want to feel like they're desperately looking for marriage.
With over 50 million registered users and an average of 50, "Wanna get drinks? OkCupid debuted inmaking it one of the OG dating sites.
Its trusted name is to thank for much of the robust user base — but OkCupid's more recent focus on diversity, inclusivity, and modern cultural trends has definitely helped to strengthen the OKC army as of late. It's no surprise that the majority of users are between 25 and 34, and those young people are most likely to download the app at 7 p. Millennials are all too familiar with the Sunday Scariesbut I guess having a hottie to chat with makes them dating less. OkCupid pushes for lasting connections using a mix of non-traditional questions and math, and it's pretty foolproof.
They accomplish this by diving into both the shallow and deep aspects of a relationship without being corny or forcing people to self-evaluate. The ability to weight the importance of shared value or personality traits in a partner is really handy. It ends up providing a well-rounded look at users both as a person in general and as a romantic partner, giving the algorithm a cupid of data to calculate the compatibility between you and another user. Just as you'd expect from a dating site created by Harvard math majorsthe entire site's ethos is built around s — and it's nice to site they can actually back up their algorithms.
OkCupid's advertising is outstanding. They deserve endless applause just for that, but I realize many people on dating apps care about more than the aesthetics or the branding. Good thing OkCupid is so much more than that, taking compatibility factors into that other sites haven't even thought of. OkCupid genuinely wants dating to be a good experience for you, and their multi-faceted matchmaking and modern vibe help you steer clear of feeling like a loser talking to people online. Before you even up, please appreciate how cute this is. It is adorable and feels super low-pressure.
InOkCupid went through a major rebranding, and their new advertising is incredible. I am obsessed, guys. You've probably seen their plastered on public transportation or on a billboard at least once: They feature bright colors, a cheeky sense of humor, and both same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, all while redefining what "DTF" stands for. The entire campaign is fresh and inviting and does a exceptional job of making online dating feel cool and not lame.
Their slogan is literally "Dating deserves better," and like yeah, it really does. Gender inclusivity is OkCupid's other huge game changer.
As of this writing, the site offers 13 gender identities, 22 sexual orientationsand a dedicated space on your profile for preferred cupidsso no one is forced to choose a pronoun they're not comfortable with. OkCupid is the only site out there that can truly say it's for everyone, and I applaud them endlessly for that. Maybe not everyone — hardcore right-wing conservatives probably won't find a boo here. The questions get way too fake deep for my liking, and honestly, are just begging for people to lie. Do you think the cheaters of the world are actually going to say "Doesn't describe me at all" when asked if they site Do you think the world's most sensitive, quick-tempered crybaby raises hand wants to admit to constantly picking fights?
Hell no. There's no question that that stuff is important, but I just don't think this method will produce the most accurate information on how someone actually datings in a relationship past the honeymoon phase. Good news: Building a profile on OkCupid is genuinely fun. They'll ask things like "Would you rather share a kiss in a tent or a kiss in Paris? You'll also answer the basics about smoking, drinking, political preferences, religion, and all that good stuff.
And that's just to start. After answering those and getting your profile open for business, they also have tons of questions to answer directly on your profile if you want to get even more specific with preference.
Questions like "Do you make your bed every day? You're able to showcase all aspects of your dynamic as a partner without feeling the need to lie. There are also spaces for you to answer prompts about the last shows you binged, your favorite music artists, your talents, etc. The required set of questions only takes about five minutes to complete, and then you're ready to start playing Bachelor or Bachelorette.
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You're not bombarded with notifications or s, which I was extremely thankful for. The top nav is extremely clean and only gives notifications for likes and messages — unlike other sites where people can like you in general, like your photosend a wink, send a smiley face, send a gift, and whatever TF else these sites think is necessary. I'm big on aesthetics and de when it comes to dating sites I completely roasted AdultFriendFinder about itand OkCupid is exactly what I want: organized, minimalistic, with all features obvious and labeled so that you don't have to click around to see what the options are.
OkCupid gets major points for how user-friendly it is.
OkCupid is also one of the best places for introverts and self-proclaimed geeks to find a kindred soul. The prominence of social justice-related questions has drawn an open minded crowd, creating a safe space that relieves the pressure to be perfect. The opportunity for badges on your profile is a fun way to express yourself: IStandWithPP, Game of Thronesand "nerd" are a few of the things you can pin to the top of your profile to attract other users who get you.
Fun fact: Game of Thrones has been mentioned over two million times in user profiles. Automatic conversation starter. The same-sex were probably an obvious giveaway, but OkCupid is liberal as hell. Finding a hottie only to find out you disagree on everything is the most awkward bummer ever. Other sites only ask one question about that stuff, which just isn't enough.
If you're woke, liberal, and horrified by the dumpster fire that is our current political climate, this is the site for you. With OkCupid's recent makeover came a ton of politically charged questions as a way to weed out the not-so-progressive users.
They want to know your opinion on issues such as abortion, immigration, guns, and more to make sure you and your potential partners have political views that are aligned. OkCupid will use these answers to tell potential matches how liberal you are and vice versa, and it's always a plus if you can avoid heated arguments down the road. According to OkCupid's blog :. Thank you for adding to the vibrancy of the OkCupid community. An online dating site that's open and welcoming to even the quirkiest singles and embraces differences and variety of its users should be a given — not a bonus.
Unfortunately, a lot of OkCupid's competitors have some growing up to do. You go, OkCupid.
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You go. If you're feeling hopeless about finding love at all, you won't be after being on OkCupid. I literally had likes after having my profile up for two days. OkCupid has such a massive user base with such a wide variety of people, there's no way you're not gonna find a ton of people who find you exactly their type.
The app has that standard swiping app cupid but less "I'm judging you solely on your face" vibes. You see one profile at a time and swipe right or left depending on whether or not you're interested, with random profile-building questions thrown in at times to narrow down your pickings even more. If you want more freedom to peruse the dating pool, there's also a discover section.
See what potential matches are talking about, search for names, or even type in a hobby, musical artist, or show to see which datings near you mentioned the same thing. It's chill and simple enough to do while you're waiting in line at the store or site on the train, all while feeling more sincere than Tinder. OkCupid's overhaul brought a lot of positive changes, but some users weren't psyched about one in particular.
In latethe site decided it would require users to use their real names on their profile instead of usernames like AFunnySassygirl or Superlonelyman.