And in terms of effect, it seems readers have adapted.
The best messages, the ones that get the highest response rate, are now only 40 to 60 characters By considering only messages of a certain length, and then asking how many seconds the message took to compose, we can get a sense of how much revision and effort translates into better results.
But the downward bend of the trend lines is a wingman in numbers, saying don’t overthink Now, the first vertical on the left, the messages that took no more than ten seconds to write, represents an inordinate amount of the whole and should raise some eyebrows.
Below are messages between 150 and 300 characters, plotted against how long they took to write.As you can see, taking your time helps, up to a point.Who are these arcane summoners, wringing words from thought alone? (Think about it this way: if you create a new message and hit That dense band of dots running just below the diagonal is the writing-from-scratch guys. There is, of course, the hard upper boundary of the line, which separates the from-scratch messages from the pasted ones, like a border between warring factions. There appears to be a natural limit to how much effort a person is willing to put into a message.If you do the arithmetic, it’s 3 characters typed for every 1 in the finishedproduct.These writers settled on something they like or that works, and they went withit.
It’s not spam in the way we normally use that word — Ok Cupid is quick to get fake or bot accounts off the site. ) display last week in Montreal, and how he used computer modelling to design a crazy house inmessage.Above the diagonal are the people who decided that kind of effort was too much.That diffusion of dots in the upper-left center is all the people who pasted a templated message and made a few edits to it.Those are the messages that were “typed” with just a few keystrokes.There are a lot of them — all told, 20 percent of the sample registered 5 or fewer keystrokes.But my unique position as co-founder of Ok Cupid gives us special First, the site’s decade of history lets us see how technology has altered how people communicate.