Conservatives more open-minded than liberals … at least when it comes to dating

An interesting piece of irony …

According to insiders ….

… conservatives are more open-minded to dating someone outside their political circle than liberals.

This insight comes from an engineer at Match who works on their algorithm.

He notes that when they started focusing on how users actually behaved versus what they said they wanted, they found some unlikely results:

As a result, Match began “weighting” variables differently, according to how users behaved.

For example, if conservative users were actually looking at profiles of liberals, the algorithm would learn from that and recommend more liberal users to them.

Indeed, “the politics one is quite interesting. Conservatives are far more open to reaching out to someone with a different point of view than a liberal is.”

That is, when it comes to looking for love, conservatives are more open-minded than liberals.

Ken’s Take: Conservatives like to debate the issues … liberals are on the prowl for  reinforcement of their established views.




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2 Responses to “Conservatives more open-minded than liberals … at least when it comes to dating”

  1. Laj Says:

    I think this is probably because more women are liberal and more men are conservative and women are pickier than men. There isn’t any obvious evidence that such variables were controlled for in the study.

    Of course, if the gender bias is not the cause, then there is another – many people who are conservative tend to age into it. People who grow into conservativism tend to have been liberal and do not hate their prior selves as much as people who remain liberal and never understood conservatives. UI am betting more in the gender bias issue unless it is explicitly accounted for, though.

  2. TK Says:

    Arguments about Keynesian spending tend to be less personal than those about race or sexual orientation. Right or wrong, conservatives will probably “get more looks” if they can shed these labels.

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