Then that sounded depressing, so I finally wrote: ‘I like watching nature documentaries and eating pastries.’ From then on I was flooded with suggestions of You Tube videos of endangered species and recommendations for pain au chocolat.
OK Cupid was founded in 2004 by four maths majors from Harvard who were good at giving away things people were used to paying for (study guides, music).
In her essay about leaving New York Joan Didion tells a man she’ll take him to a party where he might meet some ‘new faces’, and he laughs at her.
‘It seemed that the last time he had gone to a party where he had been promised “new faces”, there had been 15 people in the room, and he had already slept with five of the women and owed money to all but two of the men.’ Didion doesn’t say, but I’ve always assumed her friend went to the party anyway.
Like Match, OK Cupid has its users fill out a questionnaire.The photos arrived as hard copy, and Kremen and his employees scanned them in by hand.Interested single people who did not yet have email could participate by fax.Because in its early days the internet was prevalent in worlds that had historically excluded women – the military, finance, mathematics and engineering – women were not online in big numbers.As late as 1996 America Online estimated that of its five million users, 79 per cent were men.