Can you hack a dating app to get better matches? Here's how to do it.
Hacking a Dating App
Dating apps, like Tinder and Bumble, use matchmaking algorithms that work like a formula or recipe that is top secret. It's hard to truly know how they are working unless you invented the algorithm. A company might say it is a mystery, but there are things they do that you can deduce if you look carefully enough.
Tinder says that things like how much you use the app, how much detail you have on your profile, and swipe history will help you find matches. Bumble says that it also looks at your swipe history, and Hinge says that it has a proprietary algorithm based on work done by Mathematicians. That's not really helpful...
The companies are very secretive about their code and some think that this is because if people really knew how simple the algorithms were, they would not trust in the app, but would simply play the game and hack the dating app. Most apps are simply taking historical data and looking for patterns of success or failure.
One simple algorithm is when your profile is shown to other people, do they swipe on it. If you are getting swiped on by people, then you will get shown to more people. It's as simple as that. Also, apps are getting more sophisticated, and you can put a lot of information on them about your hobbies and interests to find more like-minded people. If you like yoga and art, you'll get matched with people who like the same.
Still, liking a few of the same hobbies doesn't always mean a date will go well. You can have a very generic profile that says something like, "Life is what you make it," and still get a lot of matches because you made someone feel good when they read that.
Can You Get Better Matches?
Getting better matches is a matter of understanding the apps. For guys and girls, this is different. For example, as a guy, it's better to be over 6 feet tall, show a variety of interests and travel locations, say something funny, have a pet in one of your photos, and in general, show that you are interesting. If you are good-looking, it helps a lot for a guy too.
If you are a woman, you don't have to work as hard at it. Studies and experiments show that women get many times more matches than any man can get. This is because women are the choosers when it comes to meeting up and dating. They are looking for a provider, protector, and someone who can fulfill a list of 20 or more things. Men just want a beautiful, fit, fun, and feminine woman in general and their list is much smaller.
If you are a man, you'll have to work a lot harder on your profile to get good quality matches because women are vetting the profile they see very carefully to see if they find that golden key to them. Men are simply looking for someone cute and nice. It's a big difference.
Understanding that apps do match you based on your interests and how much you get swiped should help you make a profile that matches exactly what you are looking for. If you are in to fitness, you should also show that in your profile with pictures and words.
If you do some of these things, you'll have a lot better dates, even if they don't go beyond 1 or 2. That's been my experience, anyway. The dating app experience should be fun, and if you make it that way, you'll notice more matches. What do you think of dating apps? Can they be hacked?
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