Psychology research on online dating
One study published in September 2014 to Ok Trends, was done by data experts over the course of five years and looked at how people interacted on the dating site Ok Cupid.
The researchers found that a variety of factors, from age to camera quality, affected users’ decisions to reach out to others.
This assumption is supported by previous psychology research suggesting that you can, in fact, judge a book by its cover.
A new Tinder-relevant study, however, casts doubt on those findings: Turns out that selfies, in particular, don’t tell us much about a person’s personality at all.
“Selfies are probably just ordinary artifacts of contemporary societies,” he continued, explaining that they don’t faithfully represent the personality of the owner.
“They don’t get as many replies, and it’s so easy to not reply on these sites.” Mashable also found certain professions, depending on the city, yield more matches than others on Tinder.
Of course, if you’re the kind of Tinder user that unapologetically swipes purely on the basis of looks alone, then you can ignore Musil’s findings: Because Tinder is at its most “evilly satisfying” when users appraise attractiveness in a flash, you’ll probably have more fun disregarding personality altogether, anyway.