Finding your significant other has never been easier - with swipes - and dating apps like Tinder, TrulyMadly, OkCupid, and Hinge among others, which are the gamechangers in India.
Millennials who are busy chasing their professional goals are making the most of the convenience that is rendered by these dating apps. Tinder, the dating app has registered 7.5 million daily swipes and is witnessing a cultural revolution in India. Similarly, Delhi-based TrulyMadly records an average of 3 to 5 lakh message exchanges daily.
It is important to know the dos and don’ts on how to break the ice and earn more swipes on your profile.
Whether you are new to the online dating world or have been there for long enough, these tips are sure to help…
Be honest and respectful
The values of being honest and respectful of others are important. Many people who have gotten on Tinder for a casual relationship have encountered ample liars.
This includes married men and women unsuccessfully donning the singlehood cap and self-proclaimed avid readers unable to name even three favourite books. You get the drift, right?
And in nearly all cases, people see through the lie, dismissing chances of further interaction.
A profile picture is important
The popular adage, ‘first impression is the last impression’ is the first rule of the digital world. Profile pictures featuring pet dogs, cats, or famous cartoon characters are a definite ‘no’. And for the men who think your "bare-chested" pictures will get you more swipes, this is not true.
A decent picture of yourself could be the first step to cross the bridge when it comes to right-swiping and more conversation.
Many people have also joined dating sites just to see how it works and what the buzz is all about. They have also gotten off it, citing boredom of the mechanical text of hi, what do you do? Where do you work? … before eventually looking for a hookup is off-putting. Small talk is great, but hey – it is monotonous after a while. If you want our advice, don't be boring. After all, a bit of creativity and a dash of humour always helps.