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It was one thing to know my Uber rating, but did I really want to know my Elo score on Tinder?
Rad teased me about it several times over dinner one evening, gauging what my score might be as he swiped through a slew of Tinder profiles on my phone.I love creamed spinach, especially alongside a freshly-grilled steak, but I find that most traditional recipes combine too much creamy sauce with not enough spinach for my tastes.This lightened-up version is made with a hefty portion of fresh, whole-leaf baby spinach, instead of the chopped/frozen variety, and a little bit of half-and-half, rather than the more traditional heavy cream. It makes a wonderful accompaniment to grilled or roasted meats and would also be delicious piled atop freshly-toasted bread.But to me, and likely most Tinder users, it’s hard not to perceive the rating as a definitive scoring of our attractiveness, a supercharged Hot or Not-style algorithm culled from thousands and thousands of signals. And if the company did, would you even want to know it? Rad, who tells me his Elo score is “above average,” stresses that the rating is technically not a measure of attractiveness, but a measure of “desirability,” in part because it’s not determined simply by your profile photo.“It’s not just how many people swipe right on you,” Rad explains. It took us two and a half months just to build the algorithm because a lot of factors go into it.”He doesn’t go into too much detail, but it’s easy to imagine how many data points could make up your “desirability” score.