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OKCupid: Liberals Prefer Museums, Yoga, And Crying

The dating site OKCupid released a study entitled, “Words and Politics: How your vote influences your dating profile.” The study used users who self-identified as either a liberal or a conservative, then gather data based on word usage and responses to the dating sites questions. According to OKCupid: This analysis was gathered from 190,000 real OkCupid profiles. These users must have joined in 2016, been from the U.S., and indicated whether they were a “liberal” or a “conservative.” On average, these users answered about 140 questions and their written essays had about 1,000 characters. We do not know the context that these words were used — only that they were mentioned in profiles. To account for the fact that most OkCupid users identify as liberal, we determined the left-right position of each word by comparing the percentage of liberals that use that word to the percentage of conservatives that use it. As can be expected, a lot of stereotypes about conservatives and liberals played out in user profiles. The dating… Keep Reading

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