In the age of Tinder, hooking up and getting yourself a date has never been so easy. And it has never been so hard. Yes, we're flooded with potential candidates whenever we connect to our account, but so are they. We need to stand out. Catch their attention. Make them swipe right.
Like these gentlemen and ladies.
We at Bored Panda have compiled a list of the funniest Tinder profiles, and they're so creative, their owners must be matching with everyone. Surprising and funny pictures, poetic and witty bios; they have it all. And then some.
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Dating coach Hayley Quinn said whether you're wondering 'which site has all the relationship-ready people on it?' or 'which site is best for hook-ups?', keep in mind that most will have people seeking a mix of relationship styles.
"If you are looking for something casual, Feeld app specializes in offering explicitly casual connections: as you may imagine profiles are more 'visual'. On the other hand, a platform like Match has a huge amount of criteria you can search for online, making it better adapted to people seeking meaningful connections. The trick here is to really identify what relationship you're seeking, then clearly communicate that through your profile and opening messages," Quinn told Bored Panda.
The dating coach thinks that being unique is highly important in the world of online dating. "With so much choice it's too easy for people to become banner blind and not realize what an amazing option you are," she said. "In terms of quick fixes make sure your profile is a cliche free zone ('looking for my partner in crime...') and that you always state things specifically rather than generally."
"For example, saying, 'I like to travel,' is nowhere near as attention-grabbing as, 'already googling my first post lockdown trip to Thailand. (Sidenote: do you like Thai food?)' Finally, ensure you write your profiles in a way that's conversational and informal: a fun hack to help you with this is to dictate your profile first, to get more of your personality into it."
I Super Liked Her, Just For That Awesome Bio
Relationship Coach Alisha Fisher, M.A. pointed out that trying to find relationships online really opens us up to a world of possibilities. "Whether those experiences are positive or not comes down to the intentions of each person and their effectiveness in communicating those intentions," Fisher told Bored Panda.
"Online dating can provide a shield of safety and identity, which has its benefits and disadvantages. Some of the benefits include distanced communication, allowing you to have in-depth discussions through various mediums such as text, voice, and video. Online dating also provides you the opportunity to scope out your potential partner to see what their interests are via their social media apps. Some of the disadvantages can include people putting on false persona's and/or identities, as well as the risk of potential data breaches of the dating platform. One of the biggest difficulties with finding meaningful relationships online can come from the varying expectations of other folks using the platform, and those expectations not lining up with yours."
According to Fisher, sometimes the most meaningful relationships we have in our lives come from moments where we least expect it because we have removed those relational-dating expectations, and just got to genuinely get to know someone.
With so many dating websites and apps out there, it has become normal to use online dating to meet someone—there are about 40 million Americans who do so. And even though eHarmony claims that 27% of young adults are using online dating sites (which is up 10% from 2013), new findings suggest it's neither better nor worse than getting to know a person in real life. At least in terms of success rate.
One study, published in the journal Psychological Science, claims it's actually impossible to figure out whether or not people who have the same values and character traits will fall in love. "Attraction for a particular person may be difficult or impossible to predict before two people have actually met," Samantha Joel, a University of Utah psychology professor and lead author, said in a press release.
"A relationship is more than the sum of its parts. There is a shared experience that happens when you meet someone that can’t be predicted beforehand," Joel said
The paper, which used speed-dating data, confirmed what online dating skeptics have been saying for years: computer-based algorithms can't predict if two people will feel that indescribable connection, that special something. Yes, computers might be able to predict how much someone would desire someone else, or how much they would have in common, but they probably can't pinpoint exactly what makes two people fall in love (yet).
After they ran the numbers, the researchers were surprised to discover that they were unable to predict even one couple that was a match. "We found we cannot anticipate how much individuals will uniquely desire each other in a speed-dating context with any meaningful level of accuracy," Joel explained.
"I thought that out of more than 100 predictors, we would be able to predict at least some portion of the variance. I didn't expect we would find zero."
Spotted An Angel
But with that being said, meeting new people on the Internet is still an adventure. And it's your right to delve into it.
"In the world of online dating, there's going to be some people who are excited to meet someone tomorrow, others that are just dipping in and out of the app when they're watching Netflix!" Quinn said. "By asking someone for a date, or a phone number, sooner rather than later you may do a good job of filtering out people who aren't on the same page as you."
"Make sure you do have some connection with a person before you ask them out though, no one likes to be asked out just because they have attractive photos, so make sure they've invested in the conversation first before you offer to take things to the next level."
If you want to stand out from the competition and have a good time setting up your online dating account, involve other people! Nobody said you have to everything by yourself. "Collaborate with friends to help create your dating bio," Fisher suggested. "We tend to be pretty hard on ourselves, and yes sometimes our friends are too, but lean on them to help identify your key attributes for yourself and what you are looking for in a partner."
The relationship coach said that more successful dating profiles have videos attached to them, and it makes people more effective at assessing chemistry, "so add a video to your account if possible. You can learn a lot about a person through video, such as what they look like, sound like, how their bodies move, their personalities and their mannerisms."
But if you choose pictures, relax and let everyone know you are there to have a good time. "Research has shown that when compared to pictures of people who were not smiling, those who were smiling were perceived as more intelligent, positive, and made the viewer feel warmer and cared for," Fisher added.