During the days of social distancing, online dating has become more popular. Tinder saw daily conversations increase 20% from March to May and on Bumble, the dating app where women make the first move, messages increased by over 20% in March. Other popular dating apps including Hinge and Plenty of Fish have also seen spikes in new users since the pandemic hit. Thanks to this uptick in dating app use, jewelry company Shane Co. polled 1,000 people to find out more about their dating app habits.
According to the survey, these are the most popular apps, things to avoid with online dating and what info to actually include in your profile.
- Tinder is the most popular app for singles - Tinder was rated number one preferred online dating app by nearly half (43.2%) of those surveyed, followed by Match.com (16.4%), Bumble (13.5%), Hinge (5.5%) and Grindr (5.5%).
- You may want to reconsider using a photo with a filter - When it comes to the kinds of dating app profile photos that irritate people the most, the biggest offender is “overly filtered or fake-looking photos” for 30.06% of those surveyed. Coming in second is “sunglasses in every photo,” followed by “gym photos with flexed muscles,” hunting/fishing photos and only using group photos.
- Including your interests can help attract potential matches - The survey asks which things influence the decision to match with someone most and as you might imagine, physical attractiveness comes in first. Common interests are second, then intelligence/education, followed by humor/wit in dating profile bios, then occupation and age.
- More people are into video chat dates than you may think - Nearly half (41.9%) of those surveyed say they’re “likely” to hop on a virtual video date with a match and 13.1% say they’re “very likely” to.
- And now for the things to avoid when online dating - When it comes to the most irritating dating app behaviors, people lying about themselves in their profile is number one (31.7%), second is “matching with someone only to be ignored,” then “being ghosted,” them asking no questions about you, and finally “super cheesy opening lines.”
Source: Business Insider