Online Dating Profiles

What Works on Dating Sites/Apps in 2018? The New Dos and Don’ts

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Online dating tips and etiquette for 2018

I don’t have to tell you that we live in a fast-paced world. Dating sites and apps are ever-changing, as are the norms and etiquette around them.

Here’s what you need to know to get your dating game 2018-ready.


Do use emojis in your profile

Emojis aren’t just for kids. In 2018, emojis are used by people of all backgrounds, genders, and ages to add a fun, human element to messages.

Consider using an emoji or two in your dating profile to appear good-humored with practically no effort at all.

Do send GIFs in messages

Tinder claims that sending an animated GIF as a first message makes you 30% more likely to get a response.

A spokesman from Tinder said sending GIFs allow you to “express emotion… [which is] difficult to do in text alone,” and that “it opens up people and breaks the ice.” Bumble founder/CEO, Whitney Wolfe, has been quoted giving this advice as well.


Don’t insult potential dates with this out-of-date comment

If you want to insult a potential date and yourself at the same time, send a message that says, “You seem too attractive to be on a dating app!”

Worse yet! Show your disgust for people on dating apps in your own profile, like: “I don’t normally do this online dating stuff because I can meet people in real life, but just giving it a try I guess…”

too cool for school

Look: Dating sites and apps don’t hold the same stigma they once had. Remarks like this make you seem out of touch.

Don’t block your face with Snapchat and Instagram filters

The dog face Snapchat filter has overtaken dating apps, and it’s about time we stage an intervention.

See, filters like these cover a lot more of your face than you think they do. The scientific explanation is that you’re familiar with your own face, so you can fill in the blanks easily. Strangers, however, just feel like they can’t see you. (Maybe you’re hiding something?)

Additionally, many of these filters automatically smooth your skin and slim your face. As a result, you may look at your image and say, “Daaamn I look good!” But strangers are less likely to appreciate this than they are to notice that…she has a dog face on her face? For no reason?

Don’t exclusively use professionally-taken profile pics

Got amazing photos taken? Awesome! Definitely put those to use. However, be sure to sprinkle in some regular smart phone pics as well.

See, dating apps and sites have a “fake profile” problem. There’s the bots… There’s the catfish pretending to be someone they’re not… People are becoming more leery of this all the time.

When all of your pictures are professionally-taken, your profile is more likely to raise red flags.

All that said — I hope you enjoyed these new Tinder etiquette do’s and don’ts. Simply follow these tips, and you’ll be among the most hip and happening of all! We’ll see you back on Photofeeler with that pic that makes your hair look so good.

Photofeeler is a tool for testing profile pics, as seen in Time, Forbes, The Today Show, and more. Know for certain how you’re coming across in your business, social, and dating pictures. It’s free to use here.