Unless we're lucky enough to find our one true love during high school or college (or maybe through a set-up), everyone is going to use Tinder at one point or another if they're single and looking. But for those who have downloaded the app in a fit of bravery and courage only to get tired of swiping left and right... and then wondered if it's even worth trying the popular dating app in the first place. But chances are, it's been on they dating radar. (Hey, maybe our BFF met her partner on Tinder.)
Sure, there is some level of luck involved with dating since no-one knows when they're going to meet the right person, but there are still many things that singletons can do to get a lot more out of this dating app than they normally would. Read on to find out 10 ways to get the most out of Tinder.
10 Fill Out Your Bio (But Be Funny)
There's nothing like logging onto Tinder and then realizing that no one has filled out their bio. You're not meant to write pages and pages about yourself, of course, but a few sentences are a good idea.
If you want to get the most out of Tinder, then fill out your bio but make sure that what you're writing is funny. Many parts of dating are serious -- telling someone that you want to be with them, the DTR moment -- and it's nice to have some fun with it. Add a joke or a quote from your favorite sitcom or movie. Being funny will definitely get you noticed.
9 Use It On A Daily Basis
Whether you feel strongly about Tinder one way or another, the truth is that you're going to have days when you don't want to use it. Another way to get the most out of Tinder is to use it on a daily basis.
Even if you're not in the mood or are feeling like you haven't had much luck on the dating app lately, swiping for a few minutes here and there throughout the day (or for a longer period of time if you prefer) will make sure that you're getting as many matches as you can. And that's the point, right?!
8 Message People (And Say More Than Hi)
At this point, people have been using dating apps like Tinder for a few years now, and people say that they're tired of getting messages that say "hi" or "hey." When you want to get a lot out of Tinder, you definitely want to message people. It's hard to put yourself out there but it's so much better than waiting for others to message you.
Message people who you match with but say more than "hi." When you ask if it's someone's having a good day or mention that their bio was funny or that you like the same things as them, your matches will appreciate that you're going a bit further than simply greeting them.
7 Ignore The Creeps But Don't Get Discouraged
If you want to get the most out of Tinder, the truth is that you have to realize that you are going to come across some people that you might describe as "creepy." Since you're matching with so many different people, that's just the reality, and you're not going to want to go out with everyone that you match with.
The best thing to do is ignore the creeps but don't get discouraged. Keep going and keep using the app, and before you know it, you'll match with some people who you want to talk to and who you would be cool with meeting in person.
6 Get Your Friends' Advice
It's a good idea to ask your friends for advice when you want to get the most out of Tinder. Maybe your friends are also using it, or maybe they're in relationships now but used it a few years ago. Most people have used dating apps at least for a few months, so you can get some great advice from your best friends.
You can ask them about weird things or red flags that come up, and you can also run some matches by them if you want a second opinion about who you should ask on a date. There's nothing wrong with getting some advice. Your friends will love helping you out. Dating can be stressful and make you feel kind of bad, so getting some support and kind words will turn it into a more positive thing.
5 Swipe On People Who Are (And Aren't) Your Perfect Type
In a perfect world, everyone who you were going to swipe right and left on would be your exact, perfect type. In reality, Tinder only has so many settings and you can really only pick your location.
When you want to get the most out of Tinder, it's a good idea to swipe on people who are and aren't your perfect type. This way, you'll get a good amount of matches and you won't be "judging a book by its cover" and only swiping on people with dark hair if (for example) you say that's your type. You don't know who you'll like until you actually meet them.
4 Move On From Bad Matches, Strange Comments, And Anything That Makes You Feel Awkward
Using Tinder can be super awkward. That's something that many people agree on, whether they truly enjoy the process of using a dating app or whether they want to hide under their bed whenever they get a match.
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If you want to get more out of Tinder, then you want to move on from anything that happens that makes you feel weird. That goes for bad matches who won't stop messaging you and who you block, a strange comment from someone, and so on. These things are bound to happen since you're dealing with strangers. Just smile and move on and keep using Tinder.
3 Upload A Photo That Isn't 10 Years Old
One of the biggest complaints that people have about using dating apps is that some people use super old photos that don't look like them. The last thing that you want to do is upload a photo that doesn't represent what you look like these days. Even if your high school graduation photo is still your favorite one, you definitely want something more recent.
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This is another good tip for getting the most out of Tinder: use a recent photo that looks like you. That way, when you go on dates, the person that you matched with will recognize you and think that your photo represents you well.
2 Don't Chat For A Long Time Without Going On A Date
Many people chat on dating apps for a few weeks and don't even go on a date. That's not what you want to do because then... why download Tinder at all?
If you want to use Tinder well, then make sure that you don't chat for people for a long time without going on a date. You won't want to go on a first date with all of your matches, but if you're always messaging back and forth with people without planning a date, that's not super helpful. Whether you want to ask people out or wait for them to ask you is totally your choice, but with some time and practice, you won't be nervous about asking people out at all.
1 Keep An Open Mind
Dating is tough and using Tinder isn't always a walk in the park, either. The best thing that you can do is keep an open mind. Things move very fast on Tinder -- one minute you wonder why you're not matching with anyone and the next minute you have five good matches.
You might think that you won't have enjoy going out with someone because you had a lackluster conversation that bored you to tears... but what if they're amazing IRL? Stay open-minded and believe that your best match is yet to happen (along with your best first date... and then a great relationship).