Dating App Review – The Daily Evergreen
The dating app with a full quiz offers a compatibility rating for matches
Hey, it’s Victoria, and I’m back to continue the seemingly endless rabbit hole that is online dating. This week, I decided to choose OkCupid, an online dating platform that has been around since 2004.
I vaguely remember seeing commercials for OkCupid on TV when it was still on the Internet rather than an app. I was really excited about this app, but unfortunately I was quite disappointed.
Like I said last time, I chose my hometown, San Francisco, to diversify my potential matches.
For starters, there were more obscure potential matches. This was somewhat expected as the app is not as popular. I don’t know why, but I feel like the people on OkCupid aren’t real.
As mean as it sounds, I feel like OkCupid is where people go when they’re bad luck with Tinder or Bumble. I know it sounds weird, but the vibe is just off.
Let’s move on to the layout of the application. For some reason this makes me very uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the Tinder in me talking, but it’s weird.
The account creation process was much longer and more personal than I expected. After uploading photos and adding my date of birth, things got unusual.
I had to answer a series of questions about myself, such as how many kids do I want, if I’m going out for marriage and other similar topics.
As a 19 year old college student, these are things that aren’t even on my radar.
In addition, there were other questions about race, politics, and religion. Like I said in my last review, I think these aren’t things that should be on dating profiles because they shouldn’t matter to the decision to prosecute someone.
The app is divided into five sections: discover, likes, posts, preferences and profile.
The discovery page is where someone will sort out potential matches. Quite similar to Tinder, OkCupid has the classic left and right swipe feature.
One feature that I have found interesting is the compatibility rating on each potential match. You get a 0% to 100% compatibility score based on profile similarities and the set of questions you answer when creating your profile.
When you click on the compatibility percentage, the app gives you, along with the potential match, a list of things you agree and disagree on. I actually liked this feature a bit.
The Like section, similar to Tinder, is a collection of all the people who slipped on you but are blurry so you can’t see them. It’s an obvious ploy to convince users to pay for a premium membership.
Similar to any dating app, the messages section is a place to browse matches and start conversations.
The preferences section is cool. It lets you put alcohol / drug preferences, zodiac signs, and pets, which I thought was fun. What I didn’t like was the ability to put your weight, body type, and height as these things are sometimes too personal for people.
Overall, I liked that all of my preferences were in one section, rather than having to go through my profile to fill them out.
The profile section is pretty basic too. This is where you upload photos and write your bio.
This app was a lot, and if it wasn’t for the show, I probably never would have downloaded it. There was little about the app that I liked. There were a lot of things I didn’t like. The personal questions and the app’s awesome general layout rubbed me the wrong way.
My final grade for OkCupid is 3/10.