Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Which Boston university has the most desirable singles?

For the uninitiated, Coffee Meets Bagel is an app popular among #millennials these days. The app itself is pretty straightforward: Users are sent profiles of a potential love interest each day along with a picture and some basic biographical information, including education. Users can then like or ignore the potential interest. If both people independently like each other, they are then entered into a chatroom. The rest of the courtship process goes from there.

We asked Coffee Meets Bagel for information comparing the likability of students and alumni at ten Boston-area universities: Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emerson, Brandeis, Suffolk, Berklee, Emerson, and Wellesley.

The results produced popularity data based on 1.2 million matches of Boston-area university students and graduates on its service.

First, that’s a big (and likely unnecessary) ego boost for male and female Harvardians. 36% of users liked Harvard men, the highest-liked percentage of all males at area schools. Harvard women, too, were the 2nd-most-liked among the female schools we looked at. ...

We also received data on which school’s students were the pickiest date-choosers.

--Eric Levenson, Boston.com, on what the millennial reptile brain wants