Online dating, that cesspool of hilarious stories and perhaps even true love. Sure, you could scour OkCupid for witty About Me paragraphs, be completely charmed by his or her fondness for biking in the rain, and then get to the favorites section. Favorite band is Tool? Nope, not compatible.
Or you can check out Tastebuds.fm, a site that presents your matches based on musical compatibility. The site connects to Last.fm to decide what you've been listening to, or you could just punch in some favorite artists. But don't think what you listen to doesn't matter.
The London-based company, founded by a couple guys in the band Years of Rice and Salt, found that Adele fans were the most likely to get messaged -- 20 percent more than the average user. The next luckiest: Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire fans.
Who's not finding presents in their inbox? Out of the Top 20 Last.fm artists for the week ending on June 12 -- for whom Tastebuds.fm analyzed users' stats -- Metallica fans were the least likely to get messaged. They were followed by Linkin Park and Eminem. Maybe those fans can scream about it later.
Another fun tidbit: Coldplay fans are the least likely to go all the way on a first date, while Nirvana fans are the most likely. But those flirty Adele fans? They're the second-least likely to go home with you at the end of the night, while Metallica fans are the second-most likely.
The current Denver-based pool of bachelors and bachelorettes on the site is a little weak. Okay, really weak. There are only about thirty male users and twenty female users within a fifty-mile radius. But as the recent New Yorker story on Internet dating suggests, too much choice isn't always a good thing. Just like walking into a packed bar with too many attractive folks, it's fun to look at, but it's a lot harder to make up your mind.
So go forth, Colorado music fans. I know when I'm looking for a mate online, all I want is a man who listens to a lot of twee. Okay, and maybe someone willing to believe sarcasm is possible over the Internet, despite all evidence to the contrary.
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