Don’t put a price on morality

Cherie Koh
Mar 17, 2015 · 4 min read

Saying OK doesn’t always mean that it’s good.

This is it and you don’t even know it.

OkCupid’s co-founder Christian Rudder talked openly about the “myth of compatibility” and demonstrated, through his, well technically your information, that these numbers actually mean something to people who are given initial match ratings. That they are more likely to initiate conversation because of the information placed there is a concept of ‘nudging’, used by behavioural economists when talking about something being framed in a certain way to attract someone’s choice and attention over alternatives. So if there wasn’t any issue to begin with, then why are we even talking about match ratings as an issue? It’s a tautology!

The Greater Good

Justice? Tell me your idea of the greater good, lest I misunderstand the premise of your justification. The matching algorithm’s greater good, I hear you say? You need a matching algorithm to tell you whether someone’s interesting, so what happened to creative idiosyncrasies which you seem to hammer on all the time?

    Cherie Koh

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    MSc GGE @UCLspp and @KCL_Law alum. And like every other 20-something, I like philosophy and economics, food and travelling!

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