Anyway, as I curse the sunlight, and nurse my head, and stare at my gym kit with a sense of impending doom, it is strange to note that OkCupid thinks I’m ‘energetic’. Extremely energetic, in fact – according to the ‘personality’ tab I am something of an energy juggernaut compared to other users of my age and gender.
Sounds about right – assuming other users of my age and gender are currently in a coma.
In truth, I’m rather torn with regards this personality analysis malarkey. On the one hand, the site has said some quite nice things about me. Apparently I’m one cool bean. Not very spiritual, not very organised, a bit of a commie, and definitely not pure, but I am significantly cooler than you.
On the other hand, I am sceptical as to what OkC is extrapolating from our match answers. When the questions are often so vaguely-worded, does my answer mean what they think it means? How are questions about clams and houseboats translated into traits? And given that these traits are scored relative to the OkCupid population, rather than to the population at large, might there be a misleading skew?
The ‘energetic’ one, of course, is pretty simple. I answered numerous match questions to the effect of ‘are you energetic?’. Less obvious are traits like ‘conventionally moral’ (no sex?), ‘pure’ (no booze?), ‘lonely’ (sizeable collection of Celine Dion power ballads?) and experience, or otherwise, in love.
I suspect that, with some of the questions, the site’s being too smart and/or whimsical for its own good. Although there may be just a smidgen of truth in its data crunching. If someone’s top three traits are ‘more arrogant’, ‘more aggressive’ and ‘less kind’, chances are they’re not going to be the snuggly little love bunny you’ve been waiting for all your life.
As for being more ‘laid back’, I’ll take that. This hangover’s on the verge of sending me back to bed…