In the News: Woman With ‘Worst Online Dating Profile Ever’ Still Got Dates: It was the online dating profile that caught everyone’s eye.
Alli Reed, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, created an OKCupid profile for a despicable alter ego with the sole purpose of watching men reject her — except they didn’t.
Despite choosing “aaroncaterfan” as her handle and writing that her favorite pastimes were knocking cups out of the hands of the homeless and tricking boyfriends into thinking she was pregnant, Reed said she received dozens of messages from men. In just 24 hours after launching the profile, she received 150 messages.
The catch was she used images belonging to her friend Rae Johnston, an Australian model, instead of photos of herself.
The “Nightline” Scenario: Speed Dating Night: Currently 38 percent of American adults who are “single and looking” for a partner have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study.
But “Nightline” wanted to see if men (and women) were as shallow choosing dates in face-to-face situations as the men who messaged Reed’s fake online dating profile.
A 2008 Northwestern University study found that men value physical attractiveness more than women do, and women value earning prospects more than men do. But, the study said, individual preferences can change based on the social situation, whether it’s online or at a casual meeting. In a speed-dating event, participants may be inclined to ignore some of their preferences and just choose the best person available, the study said.
“Nightline” hired two attractive actors, Lindsay and Jarid, to attend a speed-dating night at World Bar in New York City, and act as obnoxious as possible, without revealing the experiment to the other participants. Eight men and seven women were given just eight minutes to decide if there would be a love connection.
Donna Barnes, relationship coach and co-founder of DateBetter.com, came along for the ride to observe.
What Our Actors Said:
Lindsay, pretending to be obnoxious while talking to prospective dates: “[I need] a man who can take care of me, you know? I’m not trying to work forever.”
Jarid, pretending to be obnoxious while talking to prospective dates: “I feel like I look incredible, wrinkles aside, which make me look distinguished. I’m owning it.”
How Prospective Dates Reacted to Lindsay:
“I just thought she was a gold digger,” a man named Trevor told ABC News’ Juju Chang.
“Overall, she was nice to me, I would say, but one thing that alarmed me was that she said she wanted a guy to take care of her,” another man named Steven said.
How Prospective Dates Reacted to Jarid:
“No, actually I didn’t think he was obnoxious at all,” one woman named Alexandra told Chang. “The way that he explained himself I ended up actually agreeing with him in the end. Not because I found him attractive but because of the way that he presented the material.”
“He seemed a little bit, not crazy, that says too much,” another woman named Daniela said. “He wants to experience different things.
Watch the scenario unfold HERE and make your choice below — would you date a hot guy or girl even if their personalities were horrible?