An Online Dating Experiment

Friday, March 23, 2012 Andrea Lo 1 Comments

Many apologies for my long break in blogging. The last couple of weeks has been rather busy, filled with far too much work, and zero play. I hate to admit defeat, but I have reached the dreaded 7-week itch in the middle of the semester, where one feels tired, overwhelmed and thoroughly unmotivated. Alas, that is the reason why I decided to sign up to the notoriously exclusive — and somewhat foolhardy — online dating website,

Please ignore the sweet, sweet smell of desperation that has suddenly filled the room, and allow me to explain. is an online dating website, the entire premise of which is centred around the idea that other, lesser dating websites are filled with too many ugly people. It seeks to reunite attractive individuals, who wish to find a partner equally as beautiful as themselves.

Launched in 2002 in Denmark, the dating service had since gradually become available to countries across the world. It now has more than 5 million members worldwide.

Having heard about the website a number of times, was brought up in conversation with M, who had been telling me about trying to convince a friend of hers to sign up to yet another niche dating website 'exclusive to gingers only'.

Anyhow, since I was at a loose end that evening and had nothing to lose, I decided to sign up to BeautifulPeople, which requires applicants to be voted either in or out by its existing beautiful members over a 48-hour period.

Statistically, I assumed I didn't stand a chance. The 'elite dating site for beautiful people only' admits only five out of six applicants, with some 83 percent being subjected to being rejected by a group of complete strangers online. Reviews of the website by media outlets report that Swedes and Norwegians seem to be the most successful out of all applicants.

Brits, on the other hand, don't do so well. Only 12 percent of men and 15 percent of women from the UK become accepted, meaning that the snooty international community of beautiful and sexy individuals find the majority of Brits fugly.

The urge to constantly check your profile to see if you are currently 'in' or 'out' is mildly irritating. Within 10 minutes, my 'absolutely not' bar was full to the brim. Miraculously, however, 30 minutes later, I seemed to be beautiful again and on my way in to the exclusive community.

I wondered why I was taking it more seriously than I anticipated. After all, I was only signing up to, ahem, conduct an experiment for the purposes of writing up this entry, and partly to amuse myself. Even though I come across as a vain and shallow individual, I like to see myself as being someone with far more substance.

Having had a snoop around on the website (only to find that applicants are limited to browsing through thumbnails of other members and cannot carry out any stalking worthwhile), I decided to just wait it out for 48 hours to check the results.


I was accepted! The shock of being beautiful meant that I forgot to get a screenshot of the timer hitting 0:00:00 and congratulating me on becoming successful in my application to BeautifulPeople, but I couldn't believe it.

I was totally honest about my physical attributes in my profile, since there wasn't much point in lying. I am not a 6'2 Nordic blonde with blue eyes with DD-cup boobs, nor a high-flying executive in a FTSE 100 company, yet I was accepted and had 29 'winks' from various beautiful men (subject to debate) awaiting my action.

Update: I never found to be worth my time, and I haven't used it since signing up. Do you have a profile on the dating website? Leave me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. lol, no hate from me here! I got on no problem getting accepted, you should be more confident with yourself, cause you are beautiful!