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This week’s episode is called “What You Don’t find out About internet Dating.” (it is possible to donate to the podcast at iTunes, obtain the feed, or listen via the news player above. You may also see the transcript, including credits for the songs you’ll hear in the episode.)
The episode is, for the part that is most, an economist’s guide to dating online. (Yes, we understand: sexy!) You’ll hear great tips on building the perfect relationship profile, and selecting the most appropriate site (a “thick market,” like Match.com, or “thin,” like GlutenfreeSingles.com?). You’ll learn what you should lie about, and what you need ton’t. Also, you’ll learn exactly how awful an individual may be and, if you’re attractive enough, still reel within the times.
First you’ll hear Stephen Dubner interview Alli Reed, a comedy journalist surviving in la, whom carried out a test of kinds on OkCupid:
REED: I wanted to see if there was a diminished limit to how awful a person could possibly be before males would stop messaging her on an online site that is dating.
So she created a fake profile for the woman she called “AaronCarterFan” (Aaron Carter, for the uninitiated, is the younger sibling of the Backstreet Boy.) Reed loaded her profile with despicable traits ( see the entire list below) but utilized photos of a model buddy.