As the first week of the Olympics has gone by, we’ve all been treated to some amazing competitions from the best athletes all over the world. Our researchers at eHarmony were interested in how many of our own users play these summer sports, and how or if this affects their attractiveness in the dating arena.
We sampled 40,000 eHarmony users who live in the US and had signed up for eHarmony within the past 2 years. Specifically, we looked at 20,000 users who had indicated they play a summer Olympic sport on their eHarmony profile. We then compared these ‘eHarmony Olympians’ to the other eHarmony users who did not indicate playing any of these sports.
Of all the sports we looked at, we found that running, golf, swimming, kayaking, and cycling were the most common summer Olympic sports that eHarmony users play. So what are the main differences between these eHarmony Olympians and the rest of the eHarmony world? We compared them in 3 ways: attention received, personality, and education.
We measured how many requests for communication they received on eHarmony, and we found that these users who listed playing a summer Olympic sport received 95.5% more communication requests from their matches! This difference was actually more pronounced for men, with male athletes receiving 107% more communication requests, and women athletes receiving 88.1% more communication requests.
Of all of the different Olympic sports, eHarmony users who compete in Triathlons received the most requests for communication. Although triathlons didn’t make the top 10 most popular summer Olympic sports played by eHarmony users, they received twice as many communication requests than any other sport. Users who reported running, playing volleyball, kayaking, and sailing round out the top 5 most attractive summer Olympic sports to eHarmony users.
Comparing communication received by gender, men were most attracted to women who compete in triathlons, women who are runners, and women who enjoy boxing. These three sports received the most communication requests among women. Women were most attracted to men who play volleyball, closely followed by men who compete in triathlons, and those who enjoy mountain biking.
The eHarmony Olympians were found to have many significant personality differences. These users were found to value physical fitness and an athletic lifestyle significantly more than the Non-Olympian group. While this finding is quite obvious, our results replicated what other researchers had found as well. eHarmony Olympians were found to be more extraverted, emotionally stable, and valued intellect significantly higher than the Non-Olympians. While previous research has only looked at a small number of personality traits, we also found that these athletic eHarmony users were more secure in their attachment styles, as well as valued monogamy and sexuality in relationships more.
The eHarmony Olympians were also found to be significantly more educated overall. A greater proportion of Olympians had college degrees and advance degrees like a Masters or Doctorate, while the non-athletes had higher instances of completing some college or less. So the stereotypical ‘dumb jock’ definitely does not hold up with our athletic online daters.
While the Olympics give athletes worldwide an opportunity to compete with the best, and use all of their hard work and dedication to represent their individual countries, you don’t have to be an Olympian to enjoy these sports. While you might not get a gold medal for your efforts, our results show that your online dating profile could get quite a boost!