Popular dating website OkCupid is
raising eyebrows againafter rolling out a feature that allows its premium users to filter potential matches by body type,
The Kernel reports.
For a small monthly fee (premium members pay less than $US10), users can weed out prospective dates by their physical appearance.
It’s the user’s choice to describing their personal appearance on their profile or not (adjectives like “curvy” and “jacked” – even “used up” are options), and it’s also up to those looking for a match to cast a wide net or not.
OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagan told GMA “it’s an obvious feature of a dating site” and maintains that this is the same experience a person has when looking for someone they are attracted to in a bar.
Dating sites act as a catalyst for people who would have never met otherwise to meet in person and find out if there’s potential for a relationship to develop. Ultimately, no matter what photos are used on your dating profile, what body type you self-identify as, first impressions really happen when you take it offline.