How we describe ourselves, according to online dating profiles
Media artist Roger Luke DuBois took data from 21 different dating sites and rendered it as a “Road atlas” Showing the qualities people have, and the qualities they want in people they meet. It makes for some interesting discoveries.
To join a dating site you have to, quite literally, “put yourself out there”, describing yourself for the express purpose of being liked. This seemingly simple act is quite complex. You have to provide, in addition to some basic statistics, two pieces of prose: you have to say who you are, and you have to say who you want to be with. In the second piece of writing, you have to tell the truth. In the first, you have to lie.
Check out his explanation in this video.