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ENCORE: Boise Anthropologist Studies How Cat Photos Influence Online Dating Success


This interview originally aired Dec. 3, 2020. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has made online dating sites more popular than ever. And when it comes to meeting someone for the first time online, your profile picture can make or break potential dates. A recent study suggests 43% of people think they can get a sense of someone’s personality by their picture. So what happens when men add their cats to their photos?

That’s the question two researchers from Boise State University and Colorado State University ask in a recent study.

Dr. Shelly Volsche works in the Anthropology department at Boise State and co-authored the study. She joins Idaho Matters live to talk about the surprising findings. You can read more about their research here.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!