Online-dating behemoth Ok Cupid is adding a feature tailor-made for polyamorous people.The new setting, which became available for some beta users in December, allows users who are listed as “seeing someone,” “married,” or “in an open relationship” on the platform to link their profiles and search for other people to join their relationship. A screenshot of the new feature obtained by The move comes in response to a rapid uptick in the number of Ok Cupid users interested in non-monogamous relationships.Last year, it increased the numbers of genders it recognized to 22, adding options like transgender and genderqueer.The polyamorous profile-linking setting is not yet coming to Tinder or Match.com, the other sites owned by Ok Cupid parent company Match Group, according to Almendares.
According to the company’s data, 24 percent of its users are “seriously interested” in group sex.
Forty-two percent would consider dating someone already involved in an open or polyamorous relationship.
Both numbers represent increases of 8 percentage points from five years ago.
The number of people who say they are solely committed to monogamy, meanwhile, has fallen to a minority of all users, 44 percent, down from 56 percent in 2010.“It seems that now people are more open to polyamory as a concept,” said Jimena Almendares, Ok Cupid’s chief product officer.
Estimates vary, but surveys suggest that roughly 4 to 5 percent of Americans are polyamorous.
It’s common for couples to begin their foray into polyamory by searching for a single, bisexual woman to court, according to Elisabeth Sheff, a sociologist who interviewed 40 polyamorous people for book, Ok Cupid added the “open relationship” setting in 2014.