Okcupid your looks and online dating

15-Jan-2020 22:31

“I deleted my account when they made that change,” says former OKC user Kat Stark, 44.“It’s a terrible idea and makes it less safe for people, especially those who are already more vulnerable, like queer and trans people and people who aren’t ‘out’ about being on dating sites, for whatever reason and women.” When the Vancouver native was active on the site, she used a made-up moniker.One of my favorite stories is by a man who, believing “girls have it so easy on dating websites,” decided to set up a fake profile as a female, using his actual profile and switching the gender. As he described “Guys would become hostile when I told them I wasn’t interested in NSA sex, or guys that had started normal and nice quickly turned the conversation into something explicitly sexual in nature.” What’s a woman to do?Luckily for all you ladies out there, a bit of firsthand research has shown me some great ways to stave off the masses.“We’ve also heard from many members of our community that they want to maintain the privacy they enjoy with usernames — with this change, we won’t be collecting full names; instead, we encourage our users to go by the name they’d like their dates to call them on OKCupid,” the site announced.Before getting rid of usernames entirely, the site posted some of its most bizarre usernames like “Burger_Giraffe,” “Hobbit-peet-feet” and “Beefy88Cakes” along with top stats from its usernames.“The change is pretty upsetting to me, even though it currently only requires your first name.If you type just my first name and the city I live in into Google, you can find out pretty much everything about me.

In case you haven’t heard of OKC, or have blocked all memories of online dating from your mind, OKC is an online dating website that self-describes as “the google of people.” And the name isn’t too far off — there is someone looking for every kind of relationship, hook-up, and dalliance.Ok Cupid justifies the new rules simply with: “it’s time to keep up with the times,” adding: “We want you, Big Daddy Flash916, to go by who you are and not be hidden beneath another layer of mystique.