Is this the next big thing in picking a suitable date, dating online?

uber, online dating, relationships

Online dating is uber complicated.

I am single and have been for a long time. I am happy with where I am, so no big deal. However, I recently decided I should get into the online dating game. Because I don’t drink, I don’t go out to bars. So the modern thing is to go online and find somebody who’s respectful and good to have a conversation with. Meeting a person like that online, in general, is pretty tricky since online dating often starts with a photo and a few stats. Then I noticed somebody who listed their Uber rating. I have always wondered why people mention their Myers & Briggs profile online. But your Uber rating, now, I believe, is hugely beneficial.

Online dating is a whole different world because everybody has different ideas of what it means. Some people want “right now”, others don’t like “time wasters”. Others think they want right now, but they want a nice date. In other words, what people look for and share is different from one person to another. Anything that helps to find the gems among the masses is good.

What does your Uber rating say about you?

My uber rating is 4.97. Considering that nobody is perfect, I thought 4.97 was pretty good. First of all, perfection is hard to maintain. Second, yes, I have been grumpy with a few drivers either because I was sick or because I believed they had taken the longer route.

I believe I got my rating because, in general, I am polite, engaging, friendly and sociable, sometimes a bit moody. So I say.

I got inspired to research Uber ratings by Rob (that is what his friends call him, which raised the question of what I call him). He says his 4.86 uber rating means he is “personable and safe”.

We did agree on one thing. People with an Uber rating of 4 or below should be instantly blocked and are not potential dates. It is clear that people with such a low rating must be awful at communicating, and they are probably consistently rude and obnoxious to drivers. Who wants people like that in their life?

Online Dating Research results

I decided to do some research with friends and colleagues.

One of my friends had a rating of 4.85. According to him, it is because he is usually quiet. He used the word “inoffensive” (which sounds very similar to “personable and safe”). Another one of my friends got a 4.90 Uber rating because “he is awesome”. My thought was that if he dropped the attitude, he probably could get a higher rating. A colleague of mine said his rating is 5 ‘because he talks a lot’ and because, in general, “he gets along with people.” He also “likes to break down any social barriers.”

I asked another colleague. She was devastated when she found out her rating dropped from 5 to 4.94. My colleague is a self-proclaimed “Obsessive” about her Uber rating. She agreed that you shouldn’t date people with a low Uber rating because “In general, drivers rate you with a five except when you are rude or inconsiderate.”

At this time, though, my research on what each rating says about you is inconclusive. However, I did discover what all our high-scoring Uber customers have in common. They are generally interested in getting to know the drivers as much as possible in the time they have with them. Could their Uber rating reveal “showing interest in others” as a key quality to good communication?

What is your Uber rating?

Coincidently, on the day that I am doing this research, I have a date in the evening through the world’s most popular gay dating site Grindr. And I asked him the same question. “What is your Uber rating?”. He scored a 4.2. I don’t want to be judgemental, but it is getting close to what is unacceptable (very unscientifically proven). So I discussed this with Rob (who has obviously thought about this more than me). He believes that rating means he is “a nice guy, with a sense of adventure which is mostly respectful but has a loose side”. Who knows if Rob is right on that one?

But one thing is for sure, to maintain my near-perfect rating, if, after the date, we take an Uber together, he will have to request it to ensure my rating doesn’t get affected.

Leave a comment to let me know your uber rating and what you think it says about you.