"We know that women in particular are really frustrated at how dating apps are set up to be incredibly focused on appearance.So we spend a huge amount of time deliberating how we can make Ok Cupid better at highlighting your passions, your beliefs, and your interests.".
"These cultural ideas filter into our day-to-day interactions," Escobar says.
"We found that not only did users spend more time evaluating each profile, but that [users] were nice and gave people more of a shot when shown the monochrome profiles." Davis didn't provide information on how many profiles were tested or why black-and-white photos, specifically, led to greater engagement, but she says the research showed that interaction with profiles went up "across the board, regardless of the profile user's hair color, skin tone, body shape, etc." But it's hard to tell at this point how effective these measures really are across the board.
These changes point to an understanding on the part of app developers about how harassment affects some of its users, particularly those who are plus-size.
But plus women often have an entirely different experience with dating than women who are considered straight-size.
And to uncover just how different it can be to date as a plus-size person, we spoke to five women from across the country. Join as Refinery29 gives these women their own megaphone, doubling down on our commitment as allies, and partnering with them to catapult their powerful conversations into a true historic movement.