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(RNS) In some circles, being an atheist is a strike against you. But at OkCupid, the free online dating site, it might just help you get a date. Designers found that including the word ``atheist'' in a first message to another user was more likely to garner a reply than any other religious descriptor except Christian. By Kimberly Winston.

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  1. Ralph Hythloday

    “‘Mentioning your religion helps you, but, paradoxically, it helps you most if you have no religion,’ co-founder Christian Rudder wrote on the site’s blog at that time.”

    Isn’t this directly contradicted by the previous line: “including the word “atheist” in a first message to another user was more likely to garner a reply than any other religious descriptor except Christian.”

    Doesn’t that mean that including Christian in your message will get you the most responses? I guess a Math degree from Harvard isn’t worth what it used to be…