To help my friends, and anyone else, I've come up with a handful of tips regarding web romance decorum. Another inspiration for these recommendations is the way I was courted by my husband, which was exemplary. I tried to be myself on that first date with my husband, wearing my favorite summer outfit, cat-eye glasses and all. Let My People Go Recently, a friend had a five-hour date with a woman he'd met on J-Date. This habit, I imagine, is due to social anxiety, narcissism, or some combination. If you think you might be a Chatty Cathy or Charlie, here's a test: Do you love the interplay of bass and treble in your own voice? Did you raise your hand in third grade even before the teacher asked anything?Doing otherwise, the study explains, ‘might be coded as bragging, which is associated with negative social consequences and reduced liking.’ The study also found that ‘warrantability’ is important. So the key to getting people to swipe right – be yourself.Transparency online ‘increases viewers’ beliefs that a person presented in a profile corresponds with the person creating the profile,’ explains the study. 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.According to a new study by Tinder, wearing glasses in your profile photos will reduce your chances of a right swipe. Instead of having specs appeal, wearing glasses could reduce the chances of finding ‘true love’ by 12 per cent, which is a pretty substantial percentage for something we had never really considered before.But why would this make people think twice about swiping right? If you’re happily coupled up, you’ve probably helped your single girlfriends swipe through the reams of desirable – and not so desirable – potential dates.
In summer, a survey by u Switch showed that nearly one in five of us used the dating app during a festival, which is a staggering 2.5 million millennials swiping their way through the crowds. Tinder has seen many changes over the last few years, from adding extra functions to developing Tinder online so that you can literally swipe anywhere.We all have this knowledge when we remember that in the pursuit of love, caring should be part of the equation. Join the discussion by posting a comment below or tweeting #TEDWeekends.Interested in blogging for a future edition of TED Weekends? This option allows you to meet potential dates in a group situation as you can invite your friends too – way less awkward.Feeling like you’re not quite getting the Tinder love you used to?