Rudder analyzed the data from a one-week period in January and used a simple methodology: finding the users who receive the most messages from potential suitors.

The four people selected wouldn’t necessarily claim to be the wealthiest, most stunning or successful singles, but, out of 400,000 annual citywide users on the site, they were among the top five in their respective categories and, perhaps less scientifically, were the four who were also willing to be interviewed for a story.

“They say most guys add two inches,” he says, quoting OKCupid’s statistics blog, OKTrends. But James has a few simple hacks to further improve his odds.

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“Sometimes there’s no stemming the tide.”) Her new account, loandthecosmos, looks similar, but “casual sex” isn’t selected.

“The quality is better,” she says, though she admits that the experience of sifting through such a high percentage of creeps has made her more ­pessimistic; she finds it harder to tell the difference between “someone who’s genuine and someone who’s not; tons of my friends feel the same way.” She even worries that she’s wasting her time, like she’s racking up high scores on Candy Crush rather than really connecting.

“Even if an amazingly attractive girl said something stupid in their profile, she’ll still get messages,” she says.

“So I feel like I’m intelligent and people think I look good, so I guess it’s as simple as that?

James’s profile is peppered with references to his travels in Nepal and China and self-deprecatingly confident jokes like: “Ryan Gosling could play my stunt double.

That is, if I didn’t already do my own stunts.” The whole profile is self-aware, right down to his height, which he lists as five-foot-nine, though he’s an inch shorter. Few highlight their worst characteristics, and everyone shows their best angle—or, at least, tries.

(“That brings my hope down: Oh, so, I’m gonna marry someone and they’re gonna wanna have sex with some 23-year-old?

”) Occasionally, men offer cash for sex, like the 44-year-old who wrote, “I would pay to fuck you—let that be part of the fun.” The attention got so irritating—so many online stalkers, so many dick pics—that she deleted her user name.

(This is why OKCupid actually throttles traffic to popular accounts.