Why You’re So Attracted to Certain People’s Scents was originally published in The Ok Cupid Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
Because few people are blessed with a naturally pleasing scent, most people try to improve the way they smell with a number of methods and products.
These practices make for a much more contentious topic among Ok Cupid members.
For instance, one review of academic studies on the topic found that many such studies were poorly done, and that pheromone studies on the whole don’t account for other factors that form attraction between thinking, feeling human beings.
But whether it’s rooted in biology or not, scent matters — 81% of Ok Cupid members say that a potential mate’s smell is important, and 77% of Ok Cupid members say it’s important that they themselves smell good for a date.
That guy should really think about getting a new nickname.
While, admittedly, heading into the woods for an intense, simulated war game may not seem like a great idea for a first date, paintball provides a fun way for people to connect through working together and achieving a common goal.
The word “pheromone” is often used interchangeably with something like “self-produced love potion,” but all it actually means is a chemical produced by one animal that changes the behavior of another.
The science on pheromones and how they affect human attraction is iffy, to say the least.
The researchers suggest this is especially useful information for cologne and perfume makers, but it might be worth keeping in mind when you’re getting ready for a date, too.