We both enjoyed bike riding (admittedly, not a shocker in Brooklyn), were united in our distaste for veggies, and shared a love of junk food that would rival that of any teenager.
The evening had entered phase “banter foreplay” when out of nowhere he asked, “So, what’s your Myers-Briggs personality type?
I nodded as he said this, pumped on how well I thought the date was going.
This guy was really looking for someone he jammed with, and we were jamming. — when he declined my invitation to a concert a few days later.
This helps combat that.” While Liz believes in the MBTI, others are more skeptical — though they still use it.
“The internet is just saturated with these personality quizzes and you do have to wonder why this one has more authority,” says Landry*, an ENTP on OKCupid.
I might have just been hypersensitive after my rejection by Ted Kaczynski’s psychological twin, but after our date I started noticing how frequently people list their MBTI on OKCupid and Tinder profiles.
I messaged with Chi Guy66, a “shy midwesterner” whose profile revealed he enjoyed rock climbing and the National and was an ISFP. According to data from OKCupid, about 5 percent of users list their Myers-Briggs type on their profile.
Sure, he climbs mountains, but what is his approach to the mountain? “I use it as a warning as much as a descriptor,” Patrick, an ENTP looking for an INFJ, explained to me over email.
He used to list his zodiac sign, but upgraded to the MBTI after he sensed the tides changing, dating-profile-wise.
“I personally have thought about swapping out my MBTI type to mention that an online ‘Which Parks and Recreation Character Are You’ quiz told me I’m Li’l Sebastian, just to see what happens.” I’m inclined to agree with Landry — I’ll admit that, post-Ken, I’m just as apt to discount someone for their Myers-Briggs score as I am for their results on a “What Kind of Condiment Are You? (I’m a garlic aioli, looking for a BBQ sauce, if that means anything at all.