By Laura Vitto As the folks behind dating apps will tell you, the first two months of the year are huge for finding love online. Dating site Match even has a name for its biggest day of the year: But before you wade out into a sea of swipes, matches, and messages, consider giving your profile a quick new-year cleaning.
Here are the best, data-backed tips for we've picked up in the last year. Get the basics down. It may seem obvious, but it's worth reiterating that daters who include photos and a personal bio are more likely to attract matches. As Tinder's in-house sociologist Dr. Jess Carbino told us back in February , the more information a user can share, the better.
Optimize your photo selection. Apologies to our glasses-wearing friends, but the data doesn't lie: Per Carbino , wearing specs including sunglasses in a profile picture decreases a user's right swipes on Tinder by an unfortunate 15 percent. Hats, too, decrease a user's right swipes by 12 percent. Snapchat filters are also bad news. Which dating app is right for you? Use this guide to figure it out.
Of course, plenty of glasses-wearing users won't feel like themselves without their specs. In that case, we say screw the data. But whether you go shadeless or not, always wear a smile. Carbino told us a grin leads to a 14 percent increase in right swipes on Tinder. Dating app Hinge also found that people who used photos of them engaged in some kind of athletic activity got more attention — largely because it gives people something to talk to them about.
Show a little school spirit. As Hinge found back in September, listing a school on a dating profile is a surefire way to get more likes. The type of college a user attended affects how much of a boost he or she will see. Per Hinge's data , for dudes, liberal arts colleges perform best, and for women, schools in the southern U.
But whatever the institution listed on your diploma, more info is, as 1 notes, typically the way to go. Don't discount the dreaded "double text. Per data insights from Hinge published in May, a second text doesn't typically end in disaster. In fact, the numbers crunchers at Hinge found that users who waited about 3 hours and 52 minutes to send a second text got responses more often than not.
So, if a first message goes unanswered, don't give up so fast. Give it another shot in a few hours. As for a third text? We'd say leave it at two. Burnt out on all the biggest online dating apps? Last year brought a batch of new apps meant to help people find love online. Tired of swiping for yourself?
Convince a trusted pal to swipe for you using Wingman , an app where users find dates for their friends. Are you the type who loves to hate?
Check out Hater , which pairs up users with a distaste for all the same things. But for those still loyal to the OG of dating apps, it might be beneficial to take advantage of new features. Match, for example, now offers a video feature that gives users a better chance to share their personality with potential dates. Whatever your qualms with dating on the internet, know there are always more options than you'd expect. Want more tips for how to navigate the online dating landscape?
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