Dating Among Professionals: By The Numbers – Data Science

Dating Among Professionals: By The Numbers

Our data science team examines the age and personality preferences of more than 10,000 professionals who have created a dating profile in Q1 2018.

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Overview

 

Our data science team examines the age and personality preferences of more than 10,000 professionals who have created a dating profile since the launch of the new matchmaking service in January 2018. The Opportunity dating profile provides us with unique insight into a variety of preferences among people based on gender, age, personality types, and more.  Below are a few of the initial findings that we have uncovered.

What We Found

Not surprisingly, people have a strong desire to date those who are most like themselves.  The majority of people prefer to date others within their own age range AND who share their perception of themselves.  Obviously a few exceptions exist as illustrated below.

Beginning with personality, among the 15 personality types to choose from, the four most popular ways people describe themselves (regardless of age or gender) include: ‘Ambitious’, ‘Adventurous’, ‘Confident’ and ‘Creative’.  These same personality traits were also listed as the most desired among both men and women.  A few exceptions included: ‘Friendly’, ‘Open-Minded’, ‘Honest’ and ‘Easy-Going’ which also cracked the top four among a few age groups.

People also have an understanding of what each other want in a partner by describing themselves in ways that are most desired by the opposite sex. For example, men across all age ranges describe themselves as ‘Confident’ while the women across all age ranges desire a man who is ‘Confident’.  Similarly, men of all age ranges desire a woman who is ‘Adventurous’ while women across all age ranges describe themselves as ‘Adventurous’.

The least chosen personality types used to describe oneself include: Courteous, Educated, Independent, Organized, Patient, Quiet and Responsible.  These same personality types were also the least chosen preferred traits of the people they wish to date.

Lastly, if we look at purely personality as an isolated matchmaking variable, we discover some interesting results about who is most compatible with whom.  Regardless of age or sexual preference, people are a match for the following type of person if they are…

Interested in MEN and describe themselves as:
Adventurous, Honest, Open Minded (Men 18-29 prefer you)
Courteous, Friendly, Ambitious (Men 30-39 prefer you)
Confident, Creative, Educated (Men 40-49 prefer you)
Easy-Going, Organized, Enthusiastic (Men 50+ prefer you )

Interested in WOMEN and describe themselves as:
Ambitious, Open-Minded, Responsible (Women 18-29 prefer you)
Honest, Adventurous, Friendly (Women 30-39 prefer you)
Easy-Going, Creative, Educated (Women 40-49 prefer you)
Confident, Courteous, Enthusiastic (Women 50+ prefer you )

As far as age preferences, the majority of men and women have a consistent desire to date others within their same age group.  The strongest desire to date a similar age belongs to:  73% of 18-29 year old heterosexual men exclusively want to date 18-29 year old women | 68% of 30-39 year old homosexual men exclusively want to date 30-39 year old men | 62% of 40-49 year old heterosexual women exclusively want to date 40-49 year old men | 66% of 50+ year old homosexual women exclusively want to date 50+ year old women.

The exception to this rule is older heterosexual men among both the the 40-49 year age range and 50+ year age range who prefer to date younger women in the 30-39 year and 40-49 year age ranges respectively (basically women 10 years younger). On the flip side, younger women age 18-29 have a stronger desire to date older men in the 30-39 year old age range (i.e. 10 years older). The desired age preferences among all homosexual men and women were that of their own age.

Other noteworthy results include: 

    • Men are far more open to dating women of All Ages

 

    • Women are far more selective of which age men they want to date.

 

    • Men 50+ are not desired by younger women 18-39.

 

    • Men younger than 49 years old have little desire to date 50+ women.

 

    • Women 30+ years have no desire to date young men in the 18-29 age range.

 

Men Seeking Women

Age | Seeking 18-29 30-39 40-49 50+ All Ages
18-29 73% 14% 3% 0% 10%
30-39 38% 40% 4% 1% 17%
40-49 13% 46% 24% 3% 14%
50+ 5% 21% 37% 26% 11%

Women Seeking Men

Age | Seeking 18-29 30-39 40-49 50+ All Ages
18-29 25% 60% 8% 3% 4%
30-39 2% 57% 34% 3% 4%
40-49 0% 10% 62% 24% 4%
50+ 0% 8% 51% 38% 3%

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Up Next:  We will dive deeper into dating compatibility as we examine more preference data to understand the importance religion, politics and education play in the role of matchmaker.

Datasource: Opportunity

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