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(Huffington Post)   An attractive female stranger who you know absolutely nothing about wants to meet you tonight for frozen yogurt. Do you show up? Here comes the science   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 61
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2013-04-15 12:51:58 AM
Tinder could replace Groupon!
 
2013-04-15 06:37:45 AM
The frogurt is cursed.
 
2013-04-15 06:51:57 AM
Frozen yogurt? Hell, no. I have standards.
 
2013-04-15 07:20:03 AM
these idiots throw up pictures of a hot chick on a dating site, spend time messaging hundreds of men who are using the site and act surprised when a lot of them show up for a date?

/give that ad agency a bonus this week.
 
2013-04-15 07:26:58 AM
Do it with a picture of a guy and see how many girls show up.

i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-04-15 07:28:28 AM
Frozen yogurt?

I'd be suspicious because Greek Yogurt is the current "hot fad".
 
2013-04-15 07:28:57 AM
So you basically took an online sausage fest and made it real.
Good job, I guess.
 
2013-04-15 07:34:30 AM
That's pretty desperate.
 
2013-04-15 07:37:18 AM

acronym: these idiots throw up pictures of a hot chick on a dating site, spend time messaging hundreds of men who are using the site and act surprised when a lot of them show up for a date?

/give that ad agency a bonus this week.


It does make you wonder if a subversion of sites like this will be to create fake meetups just to sell more yogurt/coffee/beer/etc.
 
2013-04-15 07:48:38 AM
Wouldn't surprise me one bit if there are some places already doing it.

I know of some bars where they hire good looking female bartenders and "suggest" that they liberally give out their Facebook info. The girls are all flirts and they send out posts like "Come see me tonight!" usually with what band is playing or whatever drink special is going on. "We have $2 Jäger bombz! Come see me! The Vorpal Turd-Burglars are playing all nite on the patio!!!"

Doesn't take a rokkit surgeon to see what's going on there.
 
2013-04-15 07:50:16 AM
That was supposed to be a reply to xria's post, but whatever...
 
2013-04-15 07:50:29 AM
Creating a fake facebook account, isn't that against the terms of service? (i know, not a big deal)
And using photos of someone else, apparently without their permission, isn't that illegal?  If that isn't identity theft, it's pretty damn close (this could be a very big deal)

Also, getting the hopes up of dozens of people and then luring them out somewhere is pretty messed up.

Experiments are fine, but it seems like these guys never thought to ask themselves if there was a better way to do this.
 
2013-04-15 07:52:10 AM
Absolute proof that members of the LDS are none too bright.
 
2013-04-15 07:52:41 AM
All cruel and joyless pranks can easily be explained away as "social experiments."
 
2013-04-15 07:55:07 AM

Klippoklondike: Creating a fake facebook account, isn't that against the terms of service? (i know, not a big deal)
And using photos of someone else, apparently without their permission, isn't that illegal?  If that isn't identity theft, it's pretty damn close (this could be a very big deal)

Also, getting the hopes up of dozens of people and then luring them out somewhere is pretty messed up.

Experiments are fine, but it seems like these guys never thought to ask themselves if there was a better way to do this.


Yeah, they do seem like d-bags. I'll bet someone pwns these guys in some form or fashion before too long. Just hope it isn't too hard-core. Maybe one of the dupes has friends on /b/?
 
2013-04-15 08:00:09 AM

acronym: these idiots throw up pictures of a hot chick on a dating site, spend time messaging hundreds of men who are using the site and act surprised when a lot of them show up for a date?


They're students from a college run by the Mormon church, finding out that people have sex drives is a big discovery for them.
 
2013-04-15 08:05:42 AM
They shouldn't have used Miss Teen USA's photos.  There are plenty of stock photos of people in the public domain they could have used.  This wasn't too bright.
 
2013-04-15 08:12:42 AM

abhorrent1: Do it with a picture of a guy and see how many girls show up.

[i1.kym-cdn.com image 280x260]


I imagine the number would be about the same.
 
2013-04-15 08:17:25 AM

Frozboz: They shouldn't have used Miss Teen USA's photos.  There are plenty of stock photos of people in the public domain they could have used.  This wasn't too bright.


Yeah.  I think the whole "teen" thing could be the problem.

But, really, this is just a couple of dicks trolling a bunch of lonely guys in Utah.  Calling it anything more than that is really stretching it.
 
2013-04-15 08:19:16 AM
i.imgur.com

That's some weapons-grade optimism right there.  At the same time, I probably wouldn't even have bothered.  That picture reeks of trying too hard.
 
2013-04-15 08:19:27 AM
What makes the success of the experiment even more impressive is that Tinder's demographic is theoretically a web-savvy one, used to negotiating the social web.

Only enough blood to work one or the other.
 
2013-04-15 08:20:55 AM

dai the flu: All cruel and joyless pranks can easily be explained away as "social experiments."


In the history of social experiments this is about as benign as it gets.
 
2013-04-15 08:24:17 AM
"If something seems too good to be true, it probably is."
 
2013-04-15 08:24:21 AM
Could be worse. They could have ended up playing Evony.
 
2013-04-15 08:26:05 AM
I don't date white girls, so I would have been fine.

(The above statement applies to almost any situation)
 
2013-04-15 08:27:03 AM
Frozen yogurt has a nasty aftertaste.

/and to stay on topic - no, i'm not that gullible
 
2013-04-15 08:27:53 AM
Men like attractive women. Film at 11.
 
2013-04-15 08:31:37 AM

that was my nickname in highschool: [i.imgur.com image 333x499]

That's some weapons-grade optimism right there.  At the same time, I probably wouldn't even have bothered.  That picture reeks of trying too hard.


That picture would have turned on too many alarm bells for me, no way would she be interested in me, I would guess I was getting raped or something if I went to the location
 
2013-04-15 08:32:27 AM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-15 08:44:55 AM

dmars: that was my nickname in highschool: [i.imgur.com image 333x499]

That's some weapons-grade optimism right there.  At the same time, I probably wouldn't even have bothered.  That picture reeks of trying too hard.

That picture would have turned on too many alarm bells for me, no way would she be interested in me, I would guess I was getting raped or something if I went to the location



That's a date you show up to with $50, a license, and a small box of condoms.  No wallet; no phone.

Maybe pepper spray.
 
2013-04-15 08:51:26 AM

dmars: That picture would have turned on too many alarm bells for me, no way would she be interested in me, I would guess I was getting raped or something if I went to the location


Just assume anytime a hot woman wants to have random sex with you, without any sort of social interaction, you won't come out of it with your kidneys.
 
2013-04-15 08:54:13 AM
If you're a guy and you can't figure out that "Hi, I just saw you clicking and you look exciting, let's hook up!" online dream stranger girl isn't real then you deserve every trap you fall into.

BTW, the pics in the article... wow, when did this new generation turn into the 1950s Cleavers?  A bunch of clean cut kids hanging out at a yogurt shop?  If it wasn't for the smartphones and shoes I'd seriously wonder if these pics were screenshots from Ozzie and Harriet.
 
2013-04-15 09:04:25 AM
She sounds Nigerian.
 
2013-04-15 09:04:42 AM
FTA: He estimates that more than 70 men showed up at Yogurtland.

Create fake female identity - check.
Create fake female identify that is underage - nope
Use internet to talk to desperate men - check
Arrange a meeting with desperate men - check

This almost has the Chris Hansen seal of approval
 
2013-04-15 09:13:49 AM

theurge14: BTW, the pics in the article... wow, when did this new generation turn into the 1950s Cleavers?  A bunch of clean cut kids hanging out at a yogurt shop?  If it wasn't for the smartphones and shoes I'd seriously wonder if these pics were screenshots from Ozzie and Harriet.


Mormons man, Mormons.
 
2013-04-15 09:35:12 AM
media.tumblr.com

My research is shocking and conclusive!
 
2013-04-15 09:35:14 AM
Here comes the science dick move prank by a couple of dweeby college kids

FTFY subby

I've been using Tinder recently, and 99/100ths of the girls areridiculously hot. What does that tell me? That 99/100ths of the pictures are similar fakes. I live in one of the most depopulated areas of the country, yet there are still hundreds of hotties in my area. WTH?
 
2013-04-15 09:35:23 AM

impaler: dmars: That picture would have turned on too many alarm bells for me, no way would she be interested in me, I would guess I was getting raped or something if I went to the location

Just assume anytime a hot woman wants to have random sex with you, without any sort of social interaction, you won't come out of it with your kidneys.


This.
 
2013-04-15 09:36:42 AM

PsyLord: FTA: He estimates that more than 70 men showed up at Yogurtland.

Create fake female identity - check.
Create fake female identify that is underage - nope
Use internet to talk to desperate men - check
Arrange a meeting with desperate men - check

This almost has the Chris Hansen seal of approval


She's 18, so not underage.
 
2013-04-15 09:38:48 AM
Men are stupid and look at the world through their zippers.

\Me too.
 
2013-04-15 09:39:03 AM
I show up, but I bring a gun and hope for some deathwish style shiat to go down.
 
2013-04-15 09:55:48 AM
FTFA:  What makes the success of the experiment even more impressive is that Tinder's demographic is theoretically a web-savvy one, used to negotiating the social web.

Part of our mindset is still trapped in the 1980s where we think because someone can use a computer or other internet connected device somehow he or she gets an automatic 20 point IQ boost. The people I know who spend the most time online tend to be some of the dumbest. Smart people have better things to do than drool over every social media contact.
 
2013-04-15 09:57:36 AM

Frozboz: They shouldn't have used Miss Teen USA's photos.  There are plenty of stock photos of people in the public domain they could have used.  This wasn't too bright.


You know, if they had gone with one of the runner's up, there wouldn't have been near the turnout.

img716.imageshack.us

I keed. I keed.
 
2013-04-15 10:08:48 AM

MightyPez: theurge14: BTW, the pics in the article... wow, when did this new generation turn into the 1950s Cleavers?  A bunch of clean cut kids hanging out at a yogurt shop?  If it wasn't for the smartphones and shoes I'd seriously wonder if these pics were screenshots from Ozzie and Harriet.

Mormons man, Mormons.


Oh.  Well then, yeah.
 
kab
2013-04-15 10:08:50 AM
She's seen my picture and wants to meet? Obviously it's a setup, so no, I don't go.
 
2013-04-15 10:23:01 AM
So you discovered the scientific idea that guys will go anywhere for hot chicks? You genius.

imageshack.us
 
2013-04-15 10:30:10 AM
Took long enough for someone to capitalize on that gay guy app. My friends brother is gay and was showing us the Grinder app on his phone. Same exact shiat except this app seems to be more for actual dating and meeting people in social settings whereas Grinder seems like a total fark fest and easy way to get teh HIV.

I think people may prefer this because even though online dating has picked up in recent years as being somewhat acceptable, maybe the idea of not having to get to know someone online and then meeting them can be twisted as a spontaneous article I.E. I met her at yogurtland as oppose to I met her on okcupid.
 
2013-04-15 10:37:28 AM

GameSprocket: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x281]


Came here for this, leaving happy.
 
2013-04-15 10:45:30 AM

The Snow Dog: Klippoklondike: Creating a fake facebook account, isn't that against the terms of service? (i know, not a big deal)
And using photos of someone else, apparently without their permission, isn't that illegal?  If that isn't identity theft, it's pretty damn close (this could be a very big deal)

Also, getting the hopes up of dozens of people and then luring them out somewhere is pretty messed up.

Experiments are fine, but it seems like these guys never thought to ask themselves if there was a better way to do this.

Yeah, they do seem like d-bags. I'll bet someone pwns these guys in some form or fashion before too long. Just hope it isn't too hard-core. Maybe one of the dupes has friends on /b/?


well, generally, the worst thing you can suffer for violating the terms of facebook is having the account deleted.  so, that's not a big deal.  when it comes to appropriating her likeness, there is an argument that her likeness was used to endorse a yogurt shop.  second, there is the invasion of privacy issue.  but, it's not a true identity theft in the criminal sense.  more of a tort issue.  but, these guys didn't make any money and they've already stopped, so hiring a lawyer and pursuing them would more likely result in the barbara streisand effect and a big legal bill for no reward.
 
2013-04-15 10:48:29 AM
If an attractive woman asked me to meet her somewhere, I doubt I'd ask too many questions. I'd like to think that if the photos were of someone  that attractive, I'd be skeptical, though. But it's not like you have anything to lose by showing up.

So you waste half an hour of your time. That's not much to gamble if it were to actually work out.
 
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