Today, social media has taken over our daily lives. It has not only changed the way that we communicate with our friends and family members, but it has also changed the way do business, and because people are so busy with their careers they barely have enough time to date the traditional way. However, online dating has made things easier for us to meet our future spouses.
Although it has made things easier, it had made us become more cautious. We have all heard about the catfish stories, but what is this about people being used as experiments?
Founder of OkCupid, Christian Rudder, wrote on the dating site’s blog “We Experiment Human Beings” in defense to human experimentation by stating:
“Guess what, everybody: If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work”.
We already know that Facebook uses user’s photos and data for surveys that they conduct, and have been doing so before their users were publicly made aware. So, it shouldn’t come to no surprise that a dating site would do the same.
There are three main experiences that OkCupid conducts. Two of which are revolved around user photos, no surprise there, and one on how users on a dating site interact with one another. I guess the second test would have to be conducted so that these sites can determine an “accurate” success rate of daters.