Are you ready to start dating again after a brutal break-up or determined to find ‘the one’? Then make a note of January 5 in your diary because it is reportedly the best day for online dating.
Online dating isn’t for everyone, but many met their beau on Tinder, Bumble and co. and the rest is history.
According to Coffee Meets Bagel, this Sunday, January 5 will be one of the most popular days for online dating with millions of messages expected to be sent.
January tends to be one of the busiest months for dating apps and there’s actually a pretty valid reason why. We have spent the holidays with our families and if you’re a single lady then all they tend to ask is when you’re going to settle down? And if you’ve heard from lovely George you kissed when you were in primary school?
These questions may drive us crazy but they do leave you pondering about your love life.
Another thing that encourages us to sign up to dating apps is being surrounded by love during the holiday season. Christmas and New Year is a joyous time of year, especially for couples. It can make people seem extra lovey dovey, whether that’s your aunt and her husband or Jude Law and Cameron Diaz in The Holiday.
That lovin’ feeling can be infectious so no wonder single folk are eager to find a decent lad or lady once January rolls around.
Speaking to Quartz, dating expert Dawoon Kang explained: “Dating Sunday is a mixture of New Year’s resolutions and winding down the weekend.”
We've all been casually swiping left on a loop until a gorgeous Golden Retriever stops us in our tracks.
Be it a golden-furred Labrador beauty, a tiny terrier puppy with baby paws or a King Charles; dogs melt our hearts and urge us to swipe right.
Many of us believe that inserting dog photos into our dating profiles will garner us more dating app matches, but now a representative from OkCupid may just have confirmed this.
Elite Daily spoke to Michael Kaye, Global Communications Manager at OkCupid, and according to him, adding pictures of dogs in your dating app profile is proven to make it more successful when it comes to matches;
"We actually have millions of dog mentions in OkCupid profiles," Kaye says.
"Users with dog mentions have a higher probability of initial conversation over those with cat mentions. They also have a higher reply rate."
OkCupid also discovered that a love of dogs is something most people agree on;
"We found that 81 percent of men and 80 percent of women on OkCupid like dogs," Kaye continues. "Additionally, 84 percent of women and 80 percent of men either own a dog or would love to."
Kaye also claims that has been a 422 percent increase in dog mentions on OkCupid profiles since 2017. Everyone must be catching on to the trend…
Gabrielle Aboodi, the Senior Account Executive for Tinder, also told Elite Daily that dating app users are in love with doggos.
"Users typically respond to photos that include animals or travelling shots," she says, adding that roughly 10 percent of both men and women include dogs in their photos.
UK-based pet food company Webbox carried out a two-week social experiment called Pet Wingman, where they tried to find out whether including your dog in your Tinder or Bumble profile boosted your chances of finding a match, and the results were positive.
Women saw an increase of 69 percent more matches when they included a dog in one or more of their pictures, while men saw an increase of 38 percent more matches.
For Tinder, women received 117 percent more matches, 150 percent more messages, 100 percent more super likes, and 122 percent more total interactions.
Men on Tinder received 30 percent more matches, 75 percent more messages, 200 percent more super likes, and 53 percent more total interactions.
Dog photos lead to just as much success on Bumble as they did on Tinder for male users of the app.
For Bumble, women received 22 percent more matches, 100 percent more super likes, and 30 percent more total interactions, while men on Bumble received 45 percent more matches, 40 percent more messages, and 39 percent more total interactions.
"Bumble users often include photos of their pets on their profiles, but they can also use Bumble filters and badges to specially match with people that are also dog lovers," Bumble's Global PR Coordinator Sang Lee commented.
"In fact, our data shows that our pet badge is one of the most popular badges alongside our star sign badge."
There you have it, single ladies and gents. Ruffly the entire population loves woofers, so kickstart that photoshoot and add some swipe right-worthy paw pics to your profile.
For some of us, face-to-face contact while your mental health is at a low point can be incredibly difficult.
According to researchers at Ohio State University, people who describe themselves as lonely and socially anxious are more likely to become addicted to dating apps.
269 college students were surveyed for the study, which found that participants who referred to themselves as anxious and lonely were increasingly addicted to the online platforms.
Addiction can be described as a habit which interferes with your daily life, be it your mental health, physical health, work life, friendships, romantic relationships, family life or school life.
One of the lead researchers said of the results that socially anxious people must watch their habits more; "Especially if you're lonely, be careful in your choices. Regulate and be selective in your use."
The more mindful practice is called 'slow dating' and it can increase the quality of your dating app matches.
Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and OKCupid have made it possible for people to access a wide dating pool, but the consequences of this could be negative for those who deal with chronic loneliness.
To test this, researchers had students answered online survey questions like "Are you constantly anxious around other people?" to determine their levels of social anxiety and loneliness.
They were also asked whether they agreed with statements like "I am unable to reduce the amount of time I spend on dating apps." A sense of security was found online, rather than in person.
The researchers discovered that people with higher levels of social anxiety claimed they preferred to meet people on dating apps rather than in person, and favoured socialising via messaging.
Many of these people with social anxiety may lack confidence in their own social skills, and can seek protection on these apps form face-to-face rejection or awkwardness.
When those in the survey reported being both socially anxious and lonely, they also used dating apps to the point of addiction.
However, students who said they were anxious but not lonely, or those who said their feelings of loneliness were only low to moderate, didn't display behaviours that suggested addiction.
The small study relied on self-reported data from students, so don't be overly worried about your constant dating app use. Mindfulness is still a priority, for your health and dating prospects.
Creating limits surrounding dating apps could benefit both your mental health and your chances of scoring a decent date.
Bear in mind that your motive should be healthy. It's a dangerous notion to rely on interest from men or women for your own happiness or self-esteem.
Lydia Davis, Co-creator of Toffee Dating, explained to 9Honey why the company brought the app from the UK to Australia. There's apparently a huge amount of privately educated people Down Under.
"In the UK, eight per cent of people are privately educated but in Australia that number is around 35 per cent. We felt that Australia would be the best place for us to roll out to first though as we were inundated with requests for us to launch there."
We have no words for this. Finding 'The One' is now about class, your education and economic background. Some app users must agree with the idea, seeing as it's lifted off the ground so quickly.
The website has some fairly divisive words to promote the Toffee beliefs and framework:
"Toffee is the world's first dating app for people who were privately educated. We set it up because we know people from similar backgrounds are more likely to stick together."
"Toffee connects the right people to help them find their match with our sophisticated matching algorithm taking care of all your dating homework."
An algorithm works to generate matches based on hobbies and likes, such as adventure, sport, nightlife, city life versus country life etc.
"The app has innovative personal interest and attributes 'sliders' where the user slides a cursor to show how much an interest in, for example, sport is important in their potential partner," the website continues.
"Secondly, whether it's a shared interest in horse racing or rugby, Toffee users can indicate which sporting and social events they are interested in or likely to attend, to further enhance the matching logic."
We're guessing it features a lot of chino-wearing polo players who love the conservative Tory party and probably got an overpaid job from their dad….
The hilarious ad for the app features ridiculously good-looking people (ugly folks don't go to private school, apparently) bonding over expensive champagne. They didn't stray too far from stereotypes, it would seem.
A new study by eating disorder charity Beat suggests that dating app users are "more likely to have unhealthy attitudes to weight".
Those who use dating apps might be at a higher risk of controlling their weight through laxative use, fasting and vomiting, according to the research.
The American study is based on a survey of 1,700 adults. Beat stated that dating app users at risk of these habits needed to be offered support in order to reduce the risk of bad weight management habits developing.
Apps like OkCupid, Grindr, Tinder and Bumble have grown massively in popularity over the last couple of years, with men and women hoping to find romantic and sexual partners through swiping.
Physical appearance is one of the main attributes which dating app users evaluate when searching for a potential partner, with emphasis placed firmly on a person's image.
The study was published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, with researchers comparing the behaviour of those who used dating apps versus those who didn't.
Dating app users apparently have higher odds of engaging in six core unhealthy habits to control weight; vomiting, using laxatives, diet pills, using muscle-building supplements and anabolic steroids.
183 women and 209 men out of the 1,726 people surveyed claimed they used dating apps. Roughly half of men and women admitted to fasting in order to control their weight.
One-in-three men in that group and one-in-five women said they would vomit to control their calorie count. 40 percent of men and one-in-four women claimed to use laxatives…yikes.
The research also showed that men who used dating apps were more likely to use steroids and supplements to build up muscle, which isn't surprising considering the six-packs constantly displayed on reality shows like Love Island.
The lead author of the study from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Dr Alvin Tran, said they found higher rates of unhealthy behaviours among ethnic minorities, interestingly.
"While we do not know if the people in our study were already engaging in these weight control behaviours before using dating apps, we worry that the use of these image and appearance-focused services could exacerbate those behaviours."
"With the tremendous growth in dating app usage in the US, and an increasing number of studies linking their use to body image concerns and unhealthy weight control behaviours, there is a need to further understand how dating apps influence health behaviours and outcomes."
Tom Quinn, director external affairs at Beat, said they welcome studies which can help to identify triggers of eating disorders.
"Not everyone who uses unhealthy weight control behaviours will have an eating disorder, nor will they get one, but such behaviours can contribute to the development of the illnesses for people who are already vulnerable and can prevent recovery for those who are ill."
He added; "It is important to note that this research does not prove a causal link between dating apps and unhealthy weight control behaviours.
"Nevertheless, it is important that dating app users who may be at risk of eating disorders are directed to sources of support."
Tinder has taken new steps to protect it's LGBTQ+ users from prejudice abroad with a feature designed for safe travel.
Despite the fact that more countries are making vital strides towards equality worldwide for the LGBTQ+ community, there are still 70 countries that persecute individuals for sexual orientation and gender identity.
“It’s no secret that we believe everyone has the right to live how they want to live and love who they want to love.
"And while there are still efforts to protect our freedoms from LGBTQ+ discrimination, it’s important to remember that there are still nearly 70 countries around the world that have laws effectively criminalising LGBTQ+ status."
A notification will appear warning users of the sexual orientation laws in their current location and the risks they may face for expressing their orientation openly.
“Starting today, we’re rolling out a Traveller Alert that will appear when Tinder is opened in one of these locations to ensure that our users are aware of the potential dangers the LGBTQ community faces – so that they can take extra caution and do not unknowingly place themselves in danger for simply being themselves,” the post adds.
LGBTQ+ users can then choose whether to leave their Tinder profile public or not in a nation which is volatile towards gay people.
Their sexual orientation or gender identity won’t be public information until they’ve left the country.
#Tinder's new safety feature sources data from our latest State-Sponsored Homophobia report to help establish where alerts should be deployed.
"The safety of our communities also depends on supporting their digital safety”, @Adup76 said.https://t.co/QKIylOADiU
“Based on your geographical area, it appears you’re in a place where the LGBTQ+ community may be penalised,” Tinder’s traveller alert reads.
“We want you to have fun, but your safety is our number one priority. Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know.”
While this marks a temporary limitation on meeting potential matches, the alert is grounded in a real threat of persecution from law enforcement agency workers going undercover on the app, laws criminalising same-sex activity and other Tinder users hostile to the LGBTQ+ community.
ILGA provided Tinder with data to create their update, and released a statement on the new feature.
“We work hard to change practices, laws and attitudes that put LGBTQ+ people at risk – including the use of dating apps to target our community – but in the meantime, the safety of our communities also depends on supporting their digital safety,” explained André du Plessis.
Homophobia is still an epidemic in society, despite progress occurring with equal marriage and representation.
Workplace romance is becoming a little vintage, it would seem. Except less fashionable.
Just one-in-10 couples (11 percent) are now finding love in the workplace, according to a new report.
Nearly one-in-five romances in 1990 were forged at work, in comparison. Back in the day, things were clearly done differently.
They were also times when people stayed at the same job their entire lives though, and most likely met less people, seeing as travel options were less extensive.
The research was published in the latest 'How Couples Meet and Stay Together Study' from Stanford University.
Nichi Hodgson, author of The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder, in an interview with Yahoo UK claims that striking up a relationship with a colleague is now “less sociably acceptable”.
Despite the fact that we're spending longer hours in the workplace, we are now more cautious than ever about a co-worker relationship turning into something romantic, according to Hodgson, due to the #MeToo movement.
The movement aims to tackle workplace sexual harassment and assault, and has been building since Tarana Burke started it back in 2006. It caught fire in 2017 after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.
Nichi Hodgeson claims that "workplace relationships need to be conducted very carefully to ensure there's no breach of company behavioural guidelines." I mean, it ain't that hard not to be a creep.
Hodgson also argues that we shouldn’t necessarily be disappointed by the end of the workplace romance:
“They don't necessarily show you someone's true colours – you won't see how tender or angry someone can be at work, for example, because the majority of people are on their best behaviour,” she says.
“Just because they're a good team player at work doesn't mean they necessarily will be in a relationship.”
Online dating and apps like Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and OK Cupid are now taking the lead in bringing people together, with almost one-in-four (39 percent) of heterosexual couples meeting through those platforms.
This is an increase since 2009, when the stats showed 22 percent of hetero couples meeting online, according to the Stanford University findings.
Meeting through friends is still a popular means of finding your future partner, but it's much less common than it was in the past. Over a third (34 percent) of people met this way in 1990, but it’s now just one in five (20 percent)
“Dating apps may have only been around for a decade but they have a radical hold on our affections when it comes to meeting a partner, mainly because they are so convenient in our ever time-pressed lives,” Hodgson says.
“They're not necessarily leading to better connections though for multiple reasons – they create a paradox of choice, giving us too many people to choose between when social scientists tell us we get cognitive overload somewhere between five and nine options," she continues.
“Dating apps are encouraging us to be ruder with behaviours,” Hodgson adds, which is due to a “lack of accountability needed from users”. Overall, Hodgson believes that dating apps can still lead to a stable, long-term match.
“When we do finally choose a serious partner from a dating app, we are likely to stick with them – we are taking longer to settle on someone but that is producing more stable long-term matches when we finally commit.”
In June, the AI technology trained to spot nudes will start flagging possible rude images as soon as they land in your inbox.
The pic will be blurred and will also involve a message underneath that reads: "This photo is blurred to protect you from inappropriate content." Recipients can either block and report the image or open it anyway.
Private Detector was created specifically to tackle a plague of sexual harassment and abuse which has been streaming from dating apps for years. Especially for the safety of women, dating apps can be a dangerous feature.
A YouGov poll recently found that more than half of young women have received nude pictures online, and three quarters of images were unsolicited.
"The sharing of lewd images is a global issue of critical importance," said Andrey Andreev. "It falls upon all of us in the social media and social networking worlds to lead by example and to refuse to tolerate inappropriate behaviour on our platforms."
Andreev heads up Badoo, the network of dating apps which includes Bumble.
The organisation's bosses slammed a misogynistic "small-minded" fat-shamer in a recent open letter, and banned him from the app, according to The Sun.
The app allows users to create a social media-like presence through profiles and queer event suggestions, allowing you to meet people in the flesh. Love is in the air, for everyone this time.
Dating apps created specifically for lesbians and bisexual+ women seem like few and far between; enter Lesly.
The site works similarly to Tinder, and uses photo-based profiles that you can swipe left or right for.
On this app, however, you'll only find queer women and no straight men looking to creep on lesbian women…Thank the Lord.
Fem is a dating app geared towards lesbians and those interested in meeting lesbians. Despite the language, which appears to exclude trans people and gender-non binary folk, the app isn't only for lesbians.
Queer women of any and all sexual orientations and gender presentations use it successfully, and the app encourages users to make video profiles. There's also a group chat setting.
Making a video profile isn't compulsory, so don't worry if being in front of the camera isn't your thing. Just upload a killer selfie, and get swiping.
While OkCupid began by focusing almost exclusively on straight people, it has now developed to become far more welcome towards the queer community.
The site have added a rake of new gender identity and sexual orientation option, and has more extensive user profiles so it's great for finding a real, romantic connection for a long-term, relationship/
They ask a huge amount of questions when you download the app, but the detailed profiles definitely pay off.
Hinge sets up potential partners through their mutual friends on Facebook.
It only matches you with friends of friends, so you're never meet with someone too far outside of your social circle, rather than basing matches on location.
The site allows you to answer questions about yourself in your profile, meaning it's more in-depth than Tinder or Bumble. Hinge also sends you daily ‘batches’ of matches, so it's pretty good for progress.
Are you consistently getting ghosted on dating apps? Tired of always being left 'on read'? Completely jaded with swiping all day with nothing to show for it, and heading on disastrous dates every weekend?
Well, RTÉ Two are here to save the dating day, with their brand new show which targets young singles looking for love; Pulling With My Parents.
The show intends to follow people from all over Ireland who are stuck in a merry-go-round of bad dates and dating apps, and who are willing to go to drastic lengths to crack Cupid.
How drastic, you ask? Parental interference…that's how drastic.
Basically, you'd hand over the romance reins to Mum and Dad and see what happens. Sounds dangerous to us, but infinitely entertaining to watch. Sorry, not sorry.
Parents will roll up their sleeves and give their kids' dating profiles an old-fashioned overhaul, replacing those spicy selfies with something more regal in order to find them a suitable lover.
We're sure these parents will be needing a major crash course in emoji culture, and slang for social media. However, Mum and Dad will be trying some more traditional solutions to get their kids a son or daughter-in-law.
Be it a personal ad in the Farmer's Journal, good old arranged marriage or plucking a date from the local GAA club, these parents will go the extra mile to find their kids love.
The series will no doubt be exploring the deepest corners of the generation gap, but we're expecting to be cringing the entire time watching it.
Think First Dates paired with Sun, Sea and Suspicious Parents, and that's the show you're looking at. We have to say, it sounds absolutely gas.
Does your Mum really know what's best for you? Does your Dad know how to find the man for the job? Why not apply for a chance to be on the show and track the love of your life.
Apply for the RTÉ dating app show by emaiing dating@Alleycats.tv, and change your love life today.
Modern day dating can be a right pain in the arse.
If you're sick of swiping through endless shirtless selfies and grainy snaps that could pass for mugshots on Tinder, then you're not alone.
Which is why one woman decided to take matters of her love life into her own – magical – hands.
Kate Goth, from Devon, is not your average 30-year-old woman – she also identifies a s a witch.
Which, it turns out, comes in handy when she's looking for a fella.
She said, ''I had suffered a few heartbreaks and so wrote down in my journal that I was off men for good. I would only accept a man whose charm and wit were the equal of my imagined vision of actor Tom Hiddleston.''
Personally I'd go for Adam Driver but whatever you're into.
BECAUSE GUESS WHAT – yep, she match with her very own Tom Hiddleston two weeks later.
She said, ''Adam worked in a furniture warehouse and was living 25 miles away in Tavistock.''
But the use of her magical abilities didn't end there, oh no.
So Kate, determined to get together with Adam, headed into the woods to use her magical abilities to bring them closer.
She said, ''I went to this tree in the woods just outside Totnes, where I often go to perform magic rituals. I began by casting a protection spell around me and then placed down on the ground some bread and herbs as an offering along with three coins.''
Each coin represented a desire – abundance in fortune, happiness for her friends and family and abundance in love.
And it worked.
Kate said, ''A week later Adam was made redundant from his job in Tavistock and came over to live with me in Totnes. I later told him what I had done and he was a little shocked – but that was back in May 2018 and we joke about it now!''
Right, pass us the spell book and expect to see us with a Timothee Chalamet look-a-like ASAP.
When you get the opportunity to interview someone absolutely hilarious (and #famous), you grab it by the ladyballs.
So naturally, having a chat with the ever-hilarious (and sometimes outrageous) Charlotte Crosby was always going to be good.
Rather than doing run-of-the-mill, boring questions, myself and my gorgeous work wife decided to go for a little quickfire round – featuring some well known faces – including a round of Taoiseach Tinder.
"Describe Ireland in three words" was our first question.
"Guinness, green and lucky," were Char's answers – and we can't argue to be honest.
Moving on, we learned that if Charlotte could be any animal, she'd be a giraffe. This actually makes a lot of sense, because she's WAY taller than you'd expect.
In terms of super powers, the Char admitted that she'd love the ability to stop time (with a friend, of course) and just go about her business.
Big yes from us on that one.
Then we moved onto the good sh*t – the game of 'snog, marry, avoid.'
Now, when we told Charlotte about the game, she replaced 'snog, marry, avoid' with 'avoid, bitch about and go to Nandos with'.
First up: Bono, Louis Walsh and Ryan Tubs.
"I'd avoid Bono, sorry. I'd bitch about Louis because he was mean to us at X Factor one year, and I'd go on a mate date to Nando with Ryan."