One Simple Question to Test Dating Compatability

All dating compatability tests end up testing for a simple question: "Will we laugh at the same shit?"

That's one nugget among many from the relatively recent New Yorker article on online dating.

Another nugget: the answer to the question "Do you like the taste of beer?" is more predictive than any other of whether you’re willing to have sex on a first date.

8 Responses to One Simple Question to Test Dating Compatability

  1. jude says:

    Back when I was dating, my tests were, “How do you play Monopoly?” (I’m a cutthroat player, but I’ve played with people who threw the board in the air when they were losing); and “How are you on a camping trip?” (I’m a minimalist tent camper who doesn’t like campfires). Neither of those tests would work in an online environment. (I’m a female).

  2. Fox Vernon says:

    And these tests worked, I take it?

  3. I also find the “monopoly test” a good indicator of compatibility; sore losers need not apply. Too bad online dating sites don’t give you a true account of how your potential match will play!

  4. I thought that bartender who sent out shots of limoncello had it right, the one who said the question “Do you like the taste of come?” is more predictive than any other of whether your prospect is willing to have sex on a first date.;-)

  5. Nick says:

    I always like the question “Do we hate the same things?”

  6. terri says:

    Isn’t it more, will he laugh at my sh*t and will I laugh at his?

  7. Steven says:

    Fascinating article Ben. So much good info in there, one could write a separate article from nearly every paragraph.

  8. Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing…
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