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It’s what we know about ourselves in terms of what tends to push our buttons in order to feel attraction,” Nelson says.“Sapiosexual” refers to those who are “sexually attracted to highly intelligent people,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Derived from the Latin for wise, sapiosexuality is technically genderless and has been adopted by straight and non-straight people alike.

Then he gives me 200 virtual “date points” that I’m to distribute among the four traits.According to his Tinder profile, Liam Nelson, 26, likes good music and good food. He knows it’s entirely subjective.“It’s no different from saying, ‘I’m attracted to brunettes.’ It’s not some sort of strict rule. To Nelson, who is straight and works as a recruiter in Toronto, this means not necessarily a woman’s IQ but her emotional maturity and open-mindedness.Sapio, designed for those “sick of superficial hookup apps,” officially launched this year and claims to have signed up 50,000 new users in the last month, mostly in North America.“Sapiosexual” was defined as early as 2004 on Urban Dictionary as “one who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature.” The definition has been updated several times in the last few years to take on a more cynical tone appropriate for the digital age.From 2015: “Something you put on your dating profile if you want to be pretentious.” From 2016: “For many, defining oneself as sapiosexual is also a statement against the current status quo of hookup culture and superficiality, where looks are prized above all else.”Whether sapiosexuality is indeed a true orientation, a preference or just a new way to brag remains to be seen.This trait game, along with Royzman’s review of the literature on attraction, hints at some of the endless quirks of the online dating marketplace.

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