Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. Please just make sure, he’s not too fat!
Well the online dating site, OkCupid.com, can make that happen, for a small fee. The 9-year-old dating site, which bills itself as “The best dating site on Earth,” is now allowing users to filter their prospects by “body type.”
The basic dating service is free, but now they’ve started adding a filtering fee. If you want to become an A-List member, you can pay between $4.95 to $10 a month extra, for the site to hide the body types you’re not attracted to.
The site offers 10 body-type choices, beginning at thin, and ranging to average, “a little extra,” “full figured,” “overweight” and even “used up.”
The “used up” category is apparently for people who don’t take the body type issue all that seriously.
If you’re into a little extra cushion for the push’n you can filter everybody else out.
And if you don’t want to be type-cast, you can just leave the space blank.
The monthly fee varies according to age, length of membership in OkCupid and, yes, body type.
But some are not OK with this filtering service, saying it a form of online discrimination.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s that big (no pun intended) of a deal. The site is simply filtering out people just like we do when checking out potentials at a bar or club. They didn’t just make up the whole “love at first sight” phrase. There is some truth to that. The only problem I see is that this is how people are perceiving their body type. And let’s be real not all of us are looking at the same mirror.
Also, by filtering out people by looks online, you are selling yourself short. At least out in public you have the opportunity to speak with someone and who knows maybe find their inner qualities the most attractive part of the person. Remember beauty is more than skin deep.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.