OkCupid has introduced localised questions to help daters suss out potential dealbreakers for a better online dating experience. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
Navigating the online dating landscape is challenging enough without having to deal with people who hold completely opposing beliefs and values from you. While some of us agree that opposites do attract, having similarities can put you and your potential better half on the road to success. With social distancing being the new norm, getting to know someone on a digital platform can feel alienating. As such, cutting out the small talk and getting to the point of finding the right companion can be helpful.
As part of its latest campaign “Love, Your Way”, US dating app OkCupid has unveiled Singapore-specific questions aimed at helping local millennials look for a good match. Currently, 15 questions have been introduced, with more on the way. Expect family-related questions like “Do you prefer starting tuition for your kids at a young age?” and “Would you rather have a child first or your own place first?” and habit-centric ones such as “Do you prefer working from home or working in the office?” and “Will you travel with travel bubbles?”.
With food culture being such an integral part of Singaporeans’ lives, the questions also include dining preferences like “Would you prefer buying ice cream with bread or biscuits from the ice-cream uncle?” and “Toast Box or Ya Kun Kaya Toast?”.
These questions may seem oddly specific and direct, especially if you’re only just getting to know someone new, but they could highlight roadblocks in a relationship much later down the road. This is especially so if a couple doesn’t share the same values for dealbreakers like family planning and financial goals.
Founded in the United States in 2004, OkCupid claims to have helped millions of people in more than 110 countries find meaningful and long-lasting connections. To improve user-friendliness, the app has been using global surveys to suss out preferences. The first local question for the Singapore market was “Would you rather go to a kopitiam or a cocktail bar on a first date?”, which sparked a high response from users and led the app developers to add more localised questions.
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