How much does size really matter?
As a single woman, 33-year-old Yvette Caster frequently asked herself this question -- specifically, how much does body size matter to men?
To find the answer, the London-based journalist decided to conduct a social experiment: She created two identical dating profiles on OKCupid, one with a photo of her at UK size 10 and the other with a picture of her at UK size 18.
In an essay recounting her experience, Caster wrote,
I've never bought into the lie, popular with some elements of media, that everything will be better when you're thin. But, as a single woman trying everything I can to increase my chances of finding The One, I was interested to see how much of an issue size is for single men.
After five days, she returned to the site to see how many messages, likes and visits she received on each page.
Sadly, although not unsurprisingly, her “skinny” profile received double the attention of her “fat” profile: 36 messages, 211 likes and 210 visits for the size 10 profile versus 18 messages, 74 likes and 81 visits for the size 18 profile.
It can't be denied that, if the guys of OKCupid are anything to go by, single men prefer thinner women twice as much. Or at least thinner me.
But, Caster insists other peoples' perceptions of you shouldn't matter as long as you're happy with yourself. Confidence is more attractive than any physical trait could ever be.
The best philosophy is to please yourself. Hopefully then you will attract someone who likes the version of yourself you've chosen as much as you do.
Cheers to that.