New data from one dating site indicates that people may be judging you based on which email client you use – as if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it came to attracting a mate.
The online dating site that conducted the research, Circl.es, gathered information through their databases of users, discovering that it seems that anyone with a Gmail account seemed to be rated as more attractive than people who used other email clients. However, the study’s authors were quick to say that this figure may be suspect, especially since there is a large percentage of members that use Gmail as their email client – 65 per cent, in fact – with the rest of the market share going towards Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, and a myriad collection of smaller providers categorised as ‘Other.’
Gmail users were found to be desirable about 34 per cent of the time, according to the survey’s results. This beat both Hotmail and Yahoo’s ratings of around 32.5 and 31.5 per cent respectively, and females using the dating site were more often categorised as attractive than their male counterparts in proportions that matched the overall popularity rates.
However, while Gmail was the most popular client in regards to mainstream email domains, there was one small subset that proved even more popular when it came to females: women that used email clients categorised as ‘other’ with college or university accounts ending in .edu were found to be attractive almost 10 per cent more often than the average. The research study’s authors said that it decidedly came as little surprise that young, university educated women tick all the boxes when it comes to the person you’d most want to date.