Atheist online dating
On the surface, there really isn't anything wrong with that. Beneath the surface, though, an assumption is being made: other Christians are more likely to share one Christian's values than non-Christians.
“We know that’s going to piss a lot of people off, and we’re more or less tongue-in-cheek with this advice, but it’s what the numbers say.” Ok Cupid’s founders — four 30-something guys who met at Harvard — recently took home the “Humanist of the Year” award from their alma mater. “Humanism is a philosophy of life that is focused on building a better world for all human beings” without belief in any gods, said Greg Epstein, Harvard’s humanist chaplain.This is why online dating sites are constantly promoting their personality questionnaires, compatibility algorithms, and the like.This is also why some online dating services have decided to specialize by catering only to a particular niche market.“I don’t think there has ever been a place with a mixed environment of people from religious and nonreligious backgrounds where it is more comfortable and respected to be an atheist, an agnostic or a humanist.” The site, Epstein said, embodies America’s “secular future.” Ok Cupid was founded by Rudder, Sam Yagan, Chris Coyne and Max Krohn.In the 1990s, while still Harvard math majors, they created Spark Notes, a series of study guides that was eventually sold to Barnes and Noble.And I am reasonably confident that I would have more in common with many politically progressive Christians than some conservative atheists.
In some circles, being an atheist is a strike against you.
But at the online site Ok Cupid, it might just help you get a date.
In 2009, the site’s founders analyzed responses from more than 500,000 users and discovered that including the word “atheist” in a first message to another user was more likely to garner a reply than any other religious descriptor except Christian.
This is the idea of open inquiry and scientific understanding.
And if people have suggestions, we want to take those ideas and incorporate them to make the project better.” Another humanist value the site embodies, Krohn said, is an absence of judgment — same sex couples, the polyamorous, and those seeking lifelong partners and quick hook-ups are all welcome.
My most rewarding relationships have been with Christians.