Just how honest should your dating profile be?
Hulu’s “Casual” takes a cynical look at this question in a recent episode.
One of the lead characters is Alex (Tommy Dewey), the handsome but jaded cofounder of fictional dating site Snooger. He is shown tweaking his algorithm to match with a hot girl in the first episode, and in the fourth episode he talks about how to create the perfect profile — and why honesty is a terrible idea.
In case you’re wondering, it’s not impossible to do this in real life — Wired figured it out with data from Match.com and OKCupid a couple of years ago, and there are scientific studies on the same — and the dialogue in “Casual” seems pretty accurate.
Alex: “And behold the perfect Snooger profile.”
Bartender: “Looking for: dating. Who am I? An honest guy who knows what he wants. Gentleman with edge. Interests: good sex, dance, hiking, pizza. ‘The Shawshank Redemption’?”
Alex: “Statistically, the most-liked and least-controversial movie among women ages 21 to 45. It is an Oscar nominee, shows that I have sophisticated but accessible taste.”
Bartender: “Well, I hated it.”
Alex: “Me too. So obvious. And Tim Robbins? Looks like a ghoul.”
Bartender: “Who’s the girl in your picture?”
Alex: “Doesn’t matter. Solid 9-and-a-half. It’s intriguing. Girls want to know how i did it and they want to find out for themselves.”
Bartender: “And dance and hiking?”
Alex: “No. Aimless movement. Not for me.”
Bartender: “So all of your answers are fake?”
Alex: “No. I like pizza and sex.”
Bartender: “So do I.”
Alex: “So does everybody. Kind of the point.”
Bartender: “So what would happen if you filled your profile with real answers?”
Alex: “Wouldn’t work.”
Bartender: “How do you know?”
Alex: “I tried it.”
Alex: “I answered every question honestly, set the match parameter to 100%, and it sat there for two years. No matches. Know how many matches I got the day I put this up? 2,640.”
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