16th Dec 2020
The world of dating apps is a strange place to be. But you may as well know how to drown yourself in likes, writes Amanda Cassidy
I like to argue with my husband via email. It is my preferred medium for sparring.
My reasons are sound. He can absorb what I am saying more effectively by reading my words, but more importantly, my points are much more salient. I can use bullet points (my favourite) and even listicles (how much would you hate to be married to me?).
I can write analytically, sympathetically and all that extra time gives me the chance to come up with some pretty strong comebacks.
In short, I’m simply better on paper. Or online, in this case. And while I will never reveal my not-so-salient subject titles, overall I feel as if I’d make a wonderful Tinder profile enhancer, should I ever change career.
Alas, and in spite of my in-person shortcomings, he put a ring on it before Tinder was ever part of our dating life.
But, we can all agree that it is a fascinating world of algorithms. And the idea of being more appealing on a curated profile rather than catching someone’s eye across a crowded bar is equally curious for the Non-Tinder Familiars (NTFs) like me.
What I do know is that sporty-looking people are more likely to get matches. A survey carried out last year found that those profile with a mention of sport got an average of 94.2 matches compared to 57 for a profile without, whereas a female Tinder profile with a penchant for sport got 98.4 matches compared to 88 for a profile with no mention of sport.
Now, in a further breaking news Tinder development, and as the world’s raging pandemic boosts dating app usage to an all-time high, research has broken this down even further.
Sportsshoes.com has made it a mission to find out which active hobbies were most likely to receive a swipe right. The sports retailer put six different sports to the test – running, cycling, yoga, weightlifting, climbing and hiking.
Male and female dating profiles were created, all using an image of a model taking part in each of the sports. And the most match-worthy were determined.
And the winner is…
For men, yoga received the most matches, with 25 per 200 swipes. This was followed by weightlifting, with 21 matches and cycling, with 14 matches. Running was in fifth place, with 10 matches per 200 swipes.
For women, cycling received the most matches, with 116 per 200 swipes. This was followed by running, with 114 matches per 200 swipes, then climbing, with 68 matches per 200 swipes.
Still with me, or are you rushing out to buy lycra?
So to summarise, bendy yoga dudes are tops when it comes to us choosing a potential mate, while female cyclists are the most popular on Tinder with 58% of people swiping right for them.
Interestingly, the images with the cyclist donning a helmet received higher swipes revealing that safety can also be sexy.
I wonder can you take your bike to the pub once they reopen?
Image via Unsplash.com
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