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Survey of online dating in Australia reveals gay men hate leopards, women love stuffed toys

Dating Scout – an online dating comparison site – has released the weird, hilarious results of its annual online survey of online dating in Australia.

After profiling around 22 million dating profiles around the world and a sizeable chunk in Australia, Dating Scout has some pretty interesting things to say about online dating habits.

The website used their patented AI and algorithms to analyse over 6,000 features and characteristics in user photographs.

Dating Scout’s technology was able to scan for everything from hair colour to facial expressions and eating habits. Their findings are equal parts strange and hilarious.

Check out the main (and very odd) trends in Australia’s online dating scene:

  • Academics upload the most pictures of saxophone players.
  • Only men upload pictures of chillies.
  • 95 per cent of pictures with bagpipes are from men.
  • 86 per cent of photos with money or gambling are uploaded by men.
  • Pictures of owls are most popular among academic online daters.
  • Australian online daters take the most pictures in the world with red snappers – 81 per cent.
  • Fast and the Furious what? 78 per cent of the drifting photos on dating sites come from Australians.
  • Aussie online daters take 73 per cent of the photos with toilet seats.
  • Almost two-thirds of all photos with lobsters are by Aussie online daters –  move over Jordan Peterson.
  • Over 60 per cent of photos with kettlebells are from gay online daters.
  • Almost 75 per cent of rollerblading photos are from lesbian online daters.
  • 100 per cent of photos involving bacon are uploaded by men.
  • 75 per cent of all pictures with salads are by men – what?
  • Both men and women seem to evenly love pictures of goats – 50.8 per cent and  49.2 per cent respectively.
  • More than 30 per cent of all pictures of kangaroos are uploaded by gay men.
  • 67 per cent of fairy-themed pictures are from women over 46 years old.
  • Nearly 50 per cent of all bull riding pictures are from men under 25 years old.
  • 40 per cent of people uploading pictures of leopards were straight men, but gay men aren’t a fan, not uploading a single image of one.
  • There are more pictures of surfboards by themselves than of people actually surfing.
  • Stuffed toys have it pretty much even – 45 per cent male and 55 per cent female in Australia.

So if your type is a gay academic man under 25 years old, keep a lookout for someone listening to jazz music while riding a bull and eating a lobster – it’ll be the perfect match.

You can check out Dating Scout’s online dating site comparisons, reviews and recommendations here.

[Feature image courtesy of Austin Elder]

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