Today, they've analysed the relationship between questions asked on a first date and the deeper questions to which answers are really required. For instance, if you want to know whether your date will have sex immediately, what would you ask? How about 'do you like beer'?
If not, you'd be a fool.
[female] beer-lovers are 60% more likely to be okay with sleeping with someone they've just met.
Men are apparently even easier, though I'm tempted to suggest that most men are happy to put out on the first date anyway:
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of first-date sex
How do you know if someone will be a long-term match? OKCupid's users think that questions about sex, God and smoking will reveal compatibility, but the stats show that only 15% of the couples agree on all three questions, whereas 30% of the successful matches agree with each other on whether or not it would be fun to disappear round the world on a yacht, whether they like horror movies, and whether or not they've travelled around the country alone.
There's plenty more of this stuff, based on the exit questionnaires of 35,000 couples who closed their accounts because they'd met someone via the service. It's totally fascinating.
So assuming any of you have ever managed to snare a date, what do you ask to distract attention from the furtive administration of Rohypnol? I find that the best question is that old classic, 'does this old rag smell of chloroform to you?'.