Thursday, October 21, 2021

OkCupid is changing your profile so you aren’t alone

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If you are an LGBTQ+ person and find you often think twice before clicking the on-demand button, there’s a good chance that you’ve also thought about not going through with an abortion. Or perhaps you’ve found yourself feeling frustrated by the hurdle that abortion remains before it’s even eligible for coverage under your health insurance plan.

That’s why OkCupid has introduced a feature called ‘mixed status’, which takes into account some of these factors and decides what your specific circumstance is.

The feature was previously in the iOS and Android app, but this week it was made available in the web version of the service. The website and app have the ability to see a slew of data points, such as your race, religious affiliation, social media presence, and much more.

More than anything, mixed status gives you the option to tell OkCupid that you either “prefer not to get pregnant” or “am pregnant but not planning on having another one”. OkCupid’s website also gives you the ability to offer the information if you “cannot reach a decision”.

For now, mixed status is only available for LGBTQ+ users of OkCupid, but the company says it plans to bring it to others in the future.

It’s worth noting that the “mixed status” feature does not actually make you pregnant. Rather, it uses OkCupid’s algorithm to determine how likely you are to find a partner. If you’re interested in dating, you’re considered “very, very likely to find a partner”.

As OkCupid points out in its description, these “ideal partners” may not match all of your criteria, but it says that mixed status can allow you to view the ideal partners and find a more compatible partner.

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