Thoughts

Dating Etiquette

The explosion of dating apps is both a blessing and a curse. One the one hand, we’re now no longer fucked if we don’t find someone at school or university. No longer reduced to keeping your fingers crossed for an office romance, you now have access to unlimited amounts of singles looking to mingle at your fingertips.

However, increased choice and decreased consequences has also led to a decline in standards to behaviour. From ghosting to benching to hyping, new terms are invented every week to describe people’s shitty actions.

So to raise the tone, I’ve decided to do my bit for the dating scene, and put together a quick guide to dating etiquette.

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Reviews

The Inner Circle App Review

My first experience of The Inner Circle happened about 3 years ago when I was fairly new to online dating. I’d received an invite onto the site when I met the founder at an event, and was excited to try it out. I received a message from an investment banker 10 years my senior, which was older than I’d dated before but I figured he’d be more mature, and I envisioned the cultured, confident banker type. I got there and he’d lied down about his age by at least 10 years, and was, for want of a better phrase, a bit weird. I then got chatted up by this weird African guy on the train home.

I never used the site again.

However, one of my friends started using The Inner Circle dating app, and said she was meeting higher quality guys from it, so I decided to get back on the horse and give it a whirl.

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CLiKD App Review

I’m not denying physical attraction is important when it comes to dating. Not saying they have to be a supermodel, but you need some visual chemistry. Having said that though, personality is ultimately what you fall for, and having shared values can lead to a better match.

Luckily, there is now an app that combines the two. New dating app CLiKD enourages users to “discover the person behind the photo”. Users create a short personality quiz that potential dates must pass in order to match with them.

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Reviews

ooOo Dating App Review

I’m not sure about you, but I find dating apps tend to be a bit samey. Tinder gained massive success due to it’s simplicity. You see a few pictures of someone and a short bio. Swipe right for yes. Swipe left for no. If you both said yes, you match and you can talk. So easy. So effective. It’s no surprise that a lot of other dating apps on the market tend to offer some variation of the same format.

Then you have the personality-based dating apps. The ones where you can talk, but have to wait a while to see a picture with the aim of making the process less shallow. The problem is, you can’t judge personality over an app. I mean yeah if they’re weird over messages it’s best not to meet in person, but it’s very easy to present yourself differently online to how you are in the flesh. Which is why you kind of have to be shallow until you meet in person… then judge personality.

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Thoughts

Why People Lie In Their Online Dating Profiles

Anyone who’s been on a few dates from either a dating website or a dating app knows that while some people resemble their profile, others erm… don’t. Whether it’s knocking years off their age, adding inches to their height, or selecting their aspirational body type rather than their actual body type, a lot of daters are, how shall I put this? Economical with the truth.

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Thoughts

In Defense Of Tinder

First came online dating. Then came Tinder. Other apps tried, but never quite failed to gain the same level of fame. It’s just so simple, yet so effective. Do you think you could be interested in this person? Swipe left for no, right for yes. If you both say yes, message, then meet. Easy.

Yet, almost everywhere you look, someone has something negative to say about the app. Due to the low barriers to entry, anyone can join, which sadly means the app has gained a bit of a bad reputation as a hook-up app. However, I still think it’s worth doing.

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