10 Tinder Tips for Guys
Evie Carpenter There's a lot a guy can do to catch a girl's eye on Tinder. There's a lot he shouldn't do as well.
If you haven't been exiled from modern society in the past six months, chances are good you know what Tinder is. If you're a single millennial with a Facebook account and a smartphone, chances are really good you also have a Tinder profile.
If you have somehow managed to avoid any mention or usage of this dating app, here's a little rundown. Tinder syncs up with its users' Facebook accounts to find prospects. Users can flip through the mini-profiles of said prospects, which include first names and ages, and either "like" or "pass." If, and only if, two people like each others' profiles, then they are matched and can chat with one another.
With up to six photos, a quick bio, and a list of any mutual interests and friends from Facebook, Tinder users can quickly judge whether they're interested or not. This means that the content of your Tinder profile can make or break your next hookup/relationship/awkward text conversation that ends terribly.
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As reluctant-to-admit-it Tinderellas, we have flipped through our fair share of Tinderfellas and witnessed the good, the bad, and the flat-out disgusting in men's profiles. So, in hopes of bettering the half-assed mobile dating experience for all of us, we're gonna do you dudes a favor and dish the dos and don'ts of creating your Tinder profiles.
10. Don't use only group photos. We are not going to spend the time analyzing six different images, trying to decipher which man-face is the common denominator. If we wanted to play that game, we'd pick up a book and hunt for Waldo.
9. Do use selfies. Normally, selfies are frowned upon both when being taken and when posted on any social media. However, when we're trying to judge your date-ability based solely off your physical looks, please give us at least one selfie. We'll even take a Myspace-style mirror pic. Just give us something where we can clearly see your face -- unless it's a crotch selfie. You know what we're talking about, guys. When you hold your phone in your lap and take a photo of you looking down on it. We're not stupid. We know what you're trying to do. Subtlety, fellas. It's all about the subtlety.
8. Don't try to show us you're a fun guy by using photos of you shirtless and toasting with a red cup. By all means, do try to show us you're a fun guy, but when all we see are photos of you half-naked at parties with Bud Light after Bud Light, all we're going to take away is that you probably don't own a shirt, and we have very different tastes in alcohol. Also, please try to have sleeves in at least one of your photos.