Online dating is becoming more and more mainstream. Almost everyone has an online dating profile, such as OkCupid, Tinder, Bumble or more. Don’t worry. Chances are, your friends are swiping left and right on Tinder, or they’re thinking about it, too! Here’s what you need to know before diving into the online dating scene.
Lots of People Do It!
According to Match.com, there are over 40 million people with online dating profiles. That’s 40% of the dating pool! 27% of 18-24-year-olds have used online dating, according to Pew Research. So if you are thinking about getting an online dating profile, know that you’re not alone. This is an easy way to meet people that match with what you’re looking for in a partner!
It Yields Successful Results
The New York Daily News cites that nearly 1/3 of married couples now say they met online. Not only this but according to research by The University of Chicago these couples report a happier marriage as well. “Those who met online reported higher marital satisfaction with an average score of 5.64 on a satisfaction survey compared to those who met offline and averaged 5.48.”
Men Want You to Initiate Contact
A recent study about OKCupid says that men are more likely to initiate contact on the website than women. According to CNN, women are 2.5 times more likely to get a response from men if they initiate contact. So take a deep breath, be brave and say hi to someone new!
Be Thoughtful About Your Username
A study conducted by the Queen Mary University of London says that men are more attracted to usernames that are cute and are indicative physical attractiveness. Women, however, are more interested in usernames that indicate intelligence. Be choosy when it comes to your username, as it is your first impression to a potential partner.
Don’t Only Post Selfies
While it’s important to look good in a primary photo (and no one knows your angles better than you!) the Washington Post says that group photos make you seem more desirable. Pick a group photo where you’re in the center of your crew, and your personality will shine.