Not OK, Cupid: How a Math Wizard Hacked Online Dating to Find Love (Podcast)

The latest “Shoot This Now” podcast focuses on how math can help or hurt the search for true love

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"Cupid and Psyche." Seignac Guillaume

If you’ve tried without success to create the perfect online dating profile, maybe you’re being too honest… or not doing enough math.

This week on “Shoot This Now,” our podcast about stories that should be made into movies, we focus on a Wired story about mathematician Chris McKinlay, who hacked OK Cupid to find the woman of his dreams.

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We’re joined this week by special guest Brian Welk, who talks about his own journey with online dating. We talk about how online dating apps can feel like video games, and how math can help — or hurt — the search for someone to share your life with.

Is the goal to get as many people as possible to respond to your profile? Or to meet one special person?

We also talk about dating expert Francesca Hogi’s advice on how to create an online profile, and her review of the “Black Mirror” episode “Hang the DJ,” about the travails of modern romance. And we discuss the “Parks and Rec” episode that revealed Aziz Ansari’s character has a dating approach someone similar to McKinlay’s.

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If you like special guest Brian Welk, check out his film podcast, The News Reel. We love it.