Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Beautiful People

I imagine you've heard about this, right?  There's an onling dating service/community (which has been around for  years) that you can only join if you are deemed to be acceptably "beautiful".  You submit your photo, and then people (of the opposite sex, I believe) who are already members vote on whether or not you are physically attractive enough to be worthy of the honor of paying however-much-a-month to (digitally) mingle with the other beautiful people.

It's disgusting, of course.  Undeniably, looks are a factor when you're dating and seeking a potential spouse, but this is taking things way to far. 

The site has been in the news a couple of times this month, most recently because it just purged 30,000 "insufficiently attractive" people who had somehow been accepted after the site was hacked.  The newly-rejected former members will have access to counselors, in case they're feeling depressed because they're (apparently) not as good-looking as they thought.  (So thoughtful of them.)

More amusing is the other reason they made it into the news.  They've compiled their data-- I'm sure this is all highly scientific-- and come up with the most and least attractive nations!

This month the site created a stir in Ireland when it said that Irish men were among the ugliest in the world. Apparently it only accepted nine percent of male Irish applicants to the site were accepted. Only 20 per cent of Irish women are accepted, compared with nearly 70 per cent of Swedish women who sign up.

British people are the most likely to be rejected.  [. . .]  Norwegian women and Swedish men have the greatest chance of being accepted into the club, while Brazilian and Danish men are also popular particularly with women from Sweden and Iceland.
"Swedish men have the greatest chance of being accepted into the club", huh?  There'll be no living with Donald, now.  ;o)