Every girl has got a list: An inventory of characteristics that make up her very own Prince Charming. When we first start dating (while I had my first "boyfriend" at 3, I had my first French kiss at 12, so I'm going to count that as my dating starting date. Wait, I've been "dating" for half of my life? Sheesh.), our lists include "smart, funny, cute," and that's about it.
But by the time we kiss a few frogs (or 30-some frogs in my case) our lists get a lot more specific: "passionate, never runs out of things to say but doesn't talk just to fill the silence, not afraid to cry, holds my hand, has a small group of close friends, pensive, eats healthy but will partake in the occasional junk-food pig-out with me, grills a mean T-bone, doesn't breathe in my face when he sleeps, has either very little body hair or is willing to wax that shit off, the list goes on." Yeah, my list is getting really specific.
And it appears the dating sites are onto us. Like I mentioned before, OkCupid allows you to answer questions (some are written by OkCupid and others are written by fellow daters) both as yourself and as your ideal match. Answering for both you and your match helps the site calculate just how well you jive with other users. But here's the kicker: It lets you choose what responses are mandatory, essentially helping you create your own little (or 89 answers and counting) list of must-haves.
Check out a few questions I screengrabbed for your testing pleasure:
So what's on your list? What's mandatory, very important, somewhat important, a little important, or dare I say it... irrelevant?