OK Cupid's OKTrends blog has been providing us with story material for months now, with a stream of statistics about how people are dating that rival most studies of the past decades. They've shown us that online dating peaks at the age of 24 and plummets dramatically in the 30s — oh, and that there are no ugly people on its site.
Now they have a post up entitled "The REAL 'Stuff White People Like,'" which is exactly what it sounds like — plus a Stuff Black People Like post. They took 526,000 profiles at random and dissected them for content, weeding out the words "the," "me" and whatever else surrounds the actual topics discussed in the body of the profile.
In general, I won't comment too much on these lists, because the whole point of this piece is to let the groups speak for themselves, but I have to say that the mind of the white man is the world's greatest sausagefest. Unless you're counting Queens of the Stone Age, there is not even one vaguely feminine thing on his list, and as far as broad categories go we have: sweaty guitar rock, bro-on-bro comedies, things with engines, and dystopias. [OK Cupid]
What does it say that all these things tend to be "guy things"? Do guys just write ten times longer profiles and women don't write much about their specific cultural interests for fear of turning guys off?
(And really, white people, we're/you're still listening to NOFX? And reading Michael Crichton? We thought we all outgrew them when we turned 15.)
We did a double take at the sight of the words "soul food" — let's hope these users meant they like to eat soul food, not watch a seemingly-forgotten 1997 movie starring Vanessa Williams. Also, telling people you enjoy Menace To Society is probably not helping them fall in love with you — it's about the same as saying you enjoyed Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
What do we think of these chunks of culture?