Do photos really count on dating sites
So why did I feel so confident that men, in general, prefer women with long hair?All I can say is that it’s something that I grew up hearing so often I must have internalized it as fact.Once again, I swiped right on the first 100 profiles. By the end of the week, however, the long hair profile only had 38 matches and 15 messages.After the first hour, I had eight matches and two messages—noticeably fewer than the amount that I had after the first hour of creating the short hair profile. That’s 22 percent fewer matches and 40 percent fewer messages than I received on my Tinder profile with short hair! I conducted the same experiment simultaneously on Ok Cupid.So when I recently found myself single and on Tinder for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder (in my best Carrie Bradshaw voice): Do men on dating sites prefer short hair or long hair?On one hand, I like the way I look with short hair; but on the other hand, the most popular woman on Ok Cupid has long hair.
I’ve also had short hair—like pixie cut short, sometimes even buzzcut short—for the same amount of time.The sad thing is that I allowed those individuals to shape my view of the world as a whole. The worst part is that I filtered my own appearance through their perspective and saw it as reality, without even realizing it.Sure, I recognized that remarks like “women shouldn’t have short hair” and “women with short hair are less attractive than women with long hair” are sexist.That’s 51 percent fewer likes and about 60 percent fewer messages than I received with short hair.
I believe the correct scientific term here is: Daayyyumn!
After I had some time to reflect on the results of my experiment, I tried to figure out what the take-away was—for this article, at least.