Just another way of matching up with someone based on your interests. Admittedly, this was probably down to everyone thinking his tinder profile was fake. So if a Hollywood A-lister can’t even get it right, how on earth are we meant to create the perfect Tinder profile (right-swipeable obvs) to lure in our soul mate?
Tinder then finds you potential matches near you (you can narrow it down by searching by age and distance) and if they take your fancy, you swipe right to ‘like’ them. According to a new study by the University of Iowa, the secret to success on dating apps comes down to making sure that your profile pictures aren’t all too pristine.
To find these results, researchers created profiles which combined ‘selective self-presentation’ (i.e.
making yourself look as good as possible in photos) and ‘warranting’ (providing Googleable details about yourself which would be hard to manipulate).
Participants were then asked to rate profiles on qualities such as trust and social attraction, as well as outcomes such as whether they’d like to meet up and date them. Put up photos which represent you how you really look (not photos from travelling circa 2005, then) and include links to your social media accounts so that potential dates can do their background research.
The study concluded that ‘users generally appreciate flattering information but are less attracted to others who display an exclusively positive persona.’ Put simply, you’re better off presenting your actual self rather than your idealised self if you want to attract a date. Then all you need to do is sit back and watch the matches flood in…
Doing otherwise, the study explains, ‘might be coded as bragging, which is associated with negative social consequences and reduced liking.’ But as well as finding that we’re less attracted to idealized online versions of people, the study also found that ‘warrantability’ is important. ‘s Gemma Oaten – are the faces of The Wait campaign and Tinder has created bespoke profiles for each of them.