The questions behind the question. Period?

The folks over at OkCupid have put out yet another intriguing OkTrends article. They’ve analyzed data from their immense database of 275,294 match questions and 776 million user-submitted answers to find the questions that are easy to ask, yet get at what’s really going on beneath the surface.

What questions are easy to bring up, yet correlate to the deeper, unspeakable, issues people actually care about? Love, sex, a soulmate, an argument, whatever you’re looking for, we’ll show you the polite questions to find it. – Christian Rudder, OkTrends

As usual, some of their findings are surprising. For instance, if you want to know if a woman is likely to have sex on the first date, you should ask if she likes the taste of beer. Say what?

To get at the data behind this and other conclusions, check out the full text of their article here.

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