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How Chicagoans Use OkCupid To Find Love

By Tanveer Ali | February 14, 2017 5:05am

CHICAGO —  In the last three months of 2016, the average straight man in his late 20s living in Lakeview who was on OkCupid sent nearly 45 messages in a search of someone else.

A straight woman of the same age in the neighborhood sent only five.

OkCupid provided DNAinfo with three months worth of messaging data showing how Chicagoans looking for love on the service (or just a hookup) used the site.

The data reinforces long-established trends about how gender, age and sexual orientation affect how people use the service.

"The females, no matter how unlikable their personalities, are getting tons of messages," said Robyn Lynne Norris, whose "#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment" is entering its third year at Lincoln Park's UP Comedy Club.

But it also shows how active users in neighborhoods like Logan Square and Lakeview are on the platform more than those in other neighborhoods.

Check out below how usage of OkCupid differs across the city by gender identity, sexual preference, age group and ZIP code.