If OKCupid is going to go through the trouble of helping users self-identify in more authentic ways, then why not finish the job and help them actually attract and match with the sorts of partners in whom they're interested?Look, not everyone is searching for "personality" in a match.And to have a wide userbase, they need straight people.
It occurred to me that most people don't take the numbers game into account when it comes to dating queerly.
The CDC estimates that around 4 percent of the population is LGB- or "something else"-identified.
Your "looking for" options are — you guessed it — men and women.
It automatically assumed I was looking for men, and when I changed it to women, it just displayed all my straight friends.
Enter Tinder: the sleek dopamine rush your brain has been craving.
As pretty much every queer woman knows: Tinder is god-awful.Even gay-geared apps, in the hopes of finding success like heavy hitters Match and OKCupid, design their gender and sexuality options to mimic their straight counterparts.What's the point of catering to niche markets if you're not even going to bother researching their actual needs?Of course, the estimate depends on self-reporting, and queer folks are not always great at coming forward, for reasons we can't possibly imagine.But even so, the non-hetero dating pool is significantly smaller, and many so-called "LGBT" spaces only cater to gay men.Because of that, LGBTQIA folks have known for approximately two decades what Tinder is just beginning to monetize: the Internet is a spectacular tool for meeting people with whom you'd otherwise never cross paths.