OkCupid: Dating app review

Dating app with extensive questionnaire offers compatibility rating for matches



The vibes seem off on this dating app, which seems like a last ditch effort after Tinder and Bumble.

VICTORIA GIOMI, Evergreen reporter

Hey, it’s Victoria, and I am back to continue the seemingly endless rabbit hole that is online dating. This week, I decided to pick OkCupid, an online dating platform that has been around since 2004.

I vaguely remember seeing ads for OkCupid on television when it was still on the internet rather than an app. I was definitely excited about this app, but, unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed.

Like I said last time, I set my location to my hometown, San Francisco, to diversify my potential matches.

To start off, there were more obscure potential matches. This was somewhat expected since the app isn’t as popular. I do not know why, but I feel like the people on OkCupid are not real.

As mean as this may sound, I feel like OkCupid is the place people go when they have no luck with Tinder or Bumble. I know it sounds weird, but the vibe is just off.

Let’s move on to the layout of the app. For some reason, it makes me wildly uncomfortable. Maybe that’s the Tinder inside me talking, but it’s weird.

The account set-up process was way more lengthy and personal than I hoped. After uploading pictures and adding my date of birth, things got unusual.

I had to answer a series of questions about myself, such as how many kids I want, if I am dating for marriage and other topics similar to that.

As a 19-year-old college student, those are things that are not even on my radar.

Besides, there were other questions about race, politics and religion. As I said in my last review, I think those are not things that should be on dating profiles because they should not be important to one’s decision in pursuing someone.

The app is separated into five sections: discover, likes, messages, preferences and profile.

The discover page is where someone will sort through potential matches. Pretty similar to Tinder, OkCupid has the classic swipe left, swipe right feature.

A feature I found interesting is the compatibility rating on each potential match. You get a rating anywhere from 0 percent to 100 percent compatibility based on profile similarities and the set of questions you answer when building your profile.

When you click on the compatibility percent, the app gives you and the potential match a list of things you agree and disagree on. I actually kind of liked this feature.

The likes section, similar to Tinder, is all the people who swiped right on you, but blurred out so you cannot see them. This is an obvious ploy to convince users to pay for a premium subscription.

Similar to any dating app, the messages section is a place to go through matches and start conversations.

The preferences section is cool. It lets you put drinking/drug preferences, zodiac signs and pets, which I thought was fun. What I did not like was the option to put your weight, body type and height because those things are sometimes too personal for people.

Overall, I did like that all my preferences were in one section, rather than having to go through my profile to fill them out.

The profile section is pretty basic too. It’s where you upload photos and write your bio.

This app was a lot, and if it was not for the series, I would probably never have downloaded it. There was little about the app I liked. There was a lot I did not like. The personal questions and the general funky layout of the app rubbed me the wrong way.

My final score for OkCupid is a 3/10.