For anyone single and looking for love, dating apps are both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because you have a wide variety of potential dates to choose from, and accepting and rejecting is easy with a simple swipe of right or left. But it's a curse because you either match with the wrong people, or don't match at all.
Yes, this is another one of those, "How can I get potential dates to swipe right on my profile?" kind of article. The team at Romance Goals knows that Tinder plays a significant role in the modern-day dating scene, but what makes people swipe right and swipe left?
"Which background locations are associated with the most appealing profiles? Which facial expressions found the most success? Is there such a thing as an ideal profile image that garners the most approval?" the research questioned.
The team sampled 600 profile pictures from London, New York, and Berlin, and surveyed hundreds of participants to determine what makes them swipe right or left on a profile picture. In the sample, they found that 54.3 percent of women are more likely to get their photos swiped right, compared to only 35.3 percent of men's photos.
Also, 48.5 percent of women's profile photos are more likely to receive a private message compared to 31.7 percent of men. However, this does not mean that the men's photos were unappealing.
"The greater proportion of approving swipes on women's profiles may simply be a result of men swiping right on Tinder three times as often as women do — a strategy aimed at increasing their chances of making a match," says the study.
Here are the secrets they learned for both men and women to receive more right swipes, as well as tips on what to avoid to prevent more left swipes:
1. Car photos are terrible; restaurant photos are awesome.
The average of right swipes for restaurant photos was 62 percent, compared to the 26.1 percent in the car. Restaurant photos are 59.3 percent likely to receive messages, as opposed to car photos, which only have an average of 25 percent.
2. A solo and full-body photo is preferred, and avoid being in a photo with three or more people.
An average of 58.4 percent will swipe right on solo photos, and they are 55.3 percent more likely to receive a message. Full-body photos receive an average of 66.4 percent of right swipes and 60.2 percent receive messages.
3. Smiling (with teeth) gets the best results.
A smile goes a long way, and you are 60.5 percent likely to get right swipes and 55.3 percent likely to receive a message. Wearing formal clothing in the photo gets you an average of 62.4 percent of right swipes. Wearing more casual clothing, however, gets you an average of 55.2 percent of messages.
1. Be at the beach or anywhere near water, and avoid bathrooms altogether.
The average of right swipes for beach photos are 44 percent, compared to the 27.8 percent of bathroom photos. Beach photos are 38.9 percent likely to receive messages, as opposed to 27.8 percent of bathroom photos.
2. A selfie with only your face is preferred.
The average of right swipes on solo photos is 37.2 percent, and 34.4 percent likely to receive a message. Full-body photos are 38.6 percent more likely to receive right swipes, and 35.4 percent likely to receive a message.
3. Smiling (with teeth) while wearing a bathing suit is the best option.
You're at the beach, so smile! You are 40.6 percent likely to receive right swipes and 36.1 percent likely to receive a message. Wearing a bathing suit in your photo gets you an average of 53.3 percent of right swipes and 41.7 percent of messages.
So, do you pass or fail these photo standards? Check out the formula below:
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