Riddle me this: For as popular as cat videos are on the Web—and they are basically the prom queen of the Internet—why is owning a cat still seen as a major man repellant?
I don't get it, but that's just how it is. And some new information on online dating has confirmed that people love cats; they just don't necessarily want to date other people who actually have cats. (To which we say, ugh, shut up and let cat lovers do their thing.)
Wired put together a series of 25 infographics that sum up how to create the perfect online dating profile, analyzing the most popular profiles and utilizing experts from OkCupid and Match.com. And one bit of analysis confirmed that while users who talked about cats generally were pretty well liked, people who talked about their own cats specifically were not so much on the A-list of dating. Hey, Internet, your cat double-standard is weird.
Another interesting tip that piqued my interest? Going against gender stereotypes. Evidently, citing to activities or preferences that are traditionally associated with the opposite gender is a major turn-on. For example, women who talk about electronics and men who talk about crafts are more attractive online. While I'm always supportive of stepping outside the boundaries of gender conformity, I'm a little concerned that this reeks of "I'm not a regular girl; I'm a cool girl," you know what I mean? If you're a woman who's genuinely into tech or sports, that's great. But if you're the type who prefers nail art and knitting, please don't pretend you're into more boy-standard activities just to sound cool. There's nothing uncool about being a girly girl, just like there's nothing uncool about being the tomboy type, as long as it's genuine.
Unluckily (or luckily) for me, I am bad at electronics and crafts, and I hardly ever talk about cats of any kind. Oh, well.
Do you like it when guys claim to like something that's not stereotypically "manly," like weddings or crafts? And if you're a cat person, do you dare talk about your cats in your profile?