Here at CMB, we know that our users are intelligent — you’re smart enough to have chosen us after all! Joking aside, what you may not know is that we are indeed, statistically, a favorite among highly educated professionals. Believe it or not, over 35% of our member base has a master’s degree or higher. Compare that to the national average of people with master’s degrees or higher at 12%, you guys are a bunch of smarty pants!
Naturally, we were curious to see if having a graduate degree, or other further degree, has any correlation to a member’s attractiveness and preferences. We looked at over 20 million matches and here’s what we found. Let’s start with the dudes.
Men & Their MBAs
Well check you guys out! Not only are you the second most liked degree, but you’re also pretty dang picky when it comes to who you LIKE on CMB! Don’t feel too bad about coming in second to the doctor bagels — they did go to school for like, 5 more years than you did. What’s weird though is that you guys surpass everyone else while you’ve spent the least amount of time in school post-undergrad. My theory is that I bet most of you have to wear suits to work and no man looks bad in a good suit. Extra points if you wear bow ties.
Women & Their MBAs
As always, men and women are as different as Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, and our study proves no exception. Almost opposite to what women prefer, men aren’t particularly hot for women with MBAs (or for women holding any other professional or other higher degrees)! Ladies with only their bachelor’s degree seem to catch their eye most often. Essentially, all of those extra years of school you endured were totally useless as far as your dating life is concerned (which is totally why you went back to school, isn’t it? wink wink). The good news is, we don’t think this is a sign that men don’t find high achieving women attractive — after all, female MDs were the second most liked. My hypothesis? Maybe the issue here is more related to age. Naturally, a woman with a PhD would be significantly older than a recent undergrad graduate, and you know how those men love those younger women — I’m totally rolling my eyes right now.
What’s interesting is that women holding only undergrad degrees were also the pickiest, followed again by MDs. I guess popular groups just have a sixth sense about these things and know they can be picky.
What’s Trending In The Profiles Of Bagels With MBAs?
Realizing that the type of degree someone holds has a clear impact on their attractiveness, I was curious if there is a distinctive way people with different degrees present themselves on their profiles. Are there words or phrases that are commonly used amongst bagels with their MBA?
We loved how OkCupid conducted a similar study (but with race), so we emulated their methodology in this study. We looked at all of our users who have a MBA’s profiles and isolated words and phrases in their profiles that were used most frequently. The results? Check out the chart below.
FYI – For those of you who are not familiar with Coffee Meets Bagel, here’s an example of what a member’s profile looks like on Coffee Meets Bagel (this is mine). The words used in the last three sections of the profile are what we used for this study.
Oh how you business people can be so predictable: “corporate,” “start-ups,” “economist,” “counting,” “finance,” you’re obsessed with your jobs! However, it looks like MBAs also love to travel, and they have great taste in wine (in my opinion). If you’re searching for a fellow hottie with an MBA, you might want to check out your local bocce ball and squash courts; apparently businessmen and women enjoy really obscure lawn games.
We can’t be totally sure what’s going on here, but it sure is interesting. Overall, it looks like men are into women with less smarts than them (frowny face), and women lust after doctors and businessmen. What do you think?
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