It’s been a while since my last update, and unfortunately for those of you who are overinvested in my love life or lack thereof, it’s going to be a few days before the next one. Since I’m starting a new job tomorrow, I’ll be more able to internet at work soon, so I figure I’ll start doing them during the week instead of on the weekend when GT is a lot slower. To tide you over, I’m going to do something a little different.

I currently have 274 messages, which means that I’m approaching the 300-message limit that exist if you don’t pay for an A-List account. I thought it would be interesting to look through and see what those messages consist of before I go through and start deleting.

First off, 22 of those messages aren’t real messages at all. When you and another user both like each other, OKC sends you both a message letting you know, like so:

Annoyingly, these non-messages still count toward my total messages. Exlcuding those, I have messages to/from 250 guys. (Two of whom sent me messages from two different accounts, but I counted them only once in the following breakdown.) There were a few generic ones that I deleted right when I first joined, but no more than a handful.

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Of those 250 messages, 97 have been generic messages, ranging from a simple “Hey” to longer messages detailing all the reasons this particular guy is awesome and I should date him. I left 87 without a response; I sent a snarky response to the remaining 10.

146 guys—58 percent—have sent me personalized messages. That’s a pretty broad category, though, including everything from “So glad to find another Pratchett fan on this site. He’s one of my favorite authors.” to the 321-word message (a small essay, really) I got this morning.

About half of those (76) went unanswered. I sent a quick response to 26 guys thanking them for the message and saying that I didn’t think they were quite what I was looking for, but best of luck to them. I sent a snarky/insincere response to 10. The remaining 34 messages led to at least a brief conversation (ie, the person who received the message sent at least one response to the sender, and that response wasn’t a rejection).

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In 16 conversations, I either told the guy I wasn’t interested or stopped responding. In 10, the guy said he wasn’t interested, stopped responding, or deactivated his account. Out of the rest, 13 conversations led to a date, one conversation is still in progress, and one is the Brit.

There were also seven conversations I initiated: One where I stopped responding, four where the guy did so, and two that led to dates (the Piemaker and Date #13, whom you haven’t met yet). That makes a total of 41 conversations.

Some more interesting findings: 12 guys suggested in their introductory message that we meet up/go out. 48 introduced themselves by name in the first message. 13 sent nothing but a greeting (hi/hello/hey there), without even a “how are you?” to spur a conversation. At least eight were over the age of 30; there were probably more who either a) I didn’t notice as I was going through or b) have since deactivated their accounts, so their personal details are no longer listed.

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Three of the 13 guys I’ve gone out with have deactivated their accounts: the Piemaker, Lord Byron, and #9. I find it interesting that these are all guys I actually went on multiple dates with/was moderately interested in, but I’m not sure if there’s actually any significance there. It does make me think that maybe #9’s “just decided I’m not looking for anything currently” line wasn’t complete bullshit after all, which I appreciate.

Finally, here’s when I sent/received my messages. Obviously May isn’t quite over yet, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it overtakes April.

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Admittedly, I may be the only person who finds all of this particularly interesting, but I think it’s neat to see it all broken down like this.