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This ‘scientist’ learned what women find attractive by A/B testing his beard on Tinder

The data doesn't lie. Except when it does.


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Matt Silverman


Posted on Jan 21, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:06 pm CDT

Apps like Tinder know a lot about you, but why should they hoard all your dating data?

In order to settle an argument, one man conducted an exhaustive experiment on the platform to determine if he was more attractive with a beard or without. He shared the results on the subreddit r/dataisbeautiful and woke up the next morning to thousands of comments about this methodology, graphs, and why his chin was ugly.

The discussion about attractiveness, cultural biases, data, and controlling variables in an online dating environment went viral. But did he actually get a date?

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) chat with “The Scientist” about his process, expectations, and why beards are so polarizing.

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*First Published: Jan 21, 2019, 5:00 am CST