5 Steps To Getting A Tinder Date

Insider tips from co-founder Justin Mateen

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Like it, loathe it, blame it for making you hate your own face – there's no denying Tinder has changed the way we think about internet dating, taking it from slightly-shameful covert activity to something groups of friends cackle over together in the pub.

With Valentine's Day looming, Tinder's already impressive growth in the UK – one million people are currently signing up every sixty days – is likely to get even bigger as we all try and find a date for the big day.

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We asked Justin Mateen, the 27-year-old co-founder of the app, to share his tips on how to maximize your matches and make use of what he describes as "real life on steroids"

First, some context. Mateen wouldn't answer all our questions about exactly how many people are using Tinder and how, but we did glean the following. First, the ratio is split 55% men to 45% women. Second, people on average are using Tinder eleven times a day, in seven minute bursts.

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Third, 30% of all swipes are right for 'yes'. And finally, Sunday is by far the most popular day for logging in.

One last tip: closing the app down and reopening it seems to put people who have already said yes to you at the top of the pile, saving you a little time.

Good luck.

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1 | Don't use photos with lots of people in it
"This is the most common complaint we hear, because people don't know who you actually are. It's nice to have one or two photos with your friends but I'd definitely make the first one just yourself."

2 | Represent yourself clearly
"Use your photos to be genuine about what you're looking for. If you're trying to show that you're family-oriented, throw a photo of you and your family in there. If you're just looking to party than have a picture of you partying. If those are both components of who you are, then include both."

3 | Don't be cheesy
"The biggest mistake people make once they've matched up with someone is try and use a pickup line. They don't work in the real world, so what makes you think they'll work on Tinder? You already know the person is interested in speaking to you so its unneccesary."

4 | Instead, say something thoughtful
"Everyone wants to feel special. They want to know that whatever you're saying to them is a personal message tailored to them. So take a moment, look at their photos, try to observe something and put that in your first message."

5 | Keep it clean
"Everyone likes compliments, but make sure you keep it clean. Very few people like dirty opening lines. They've all heard it before."

6 | Use your bio
"One of the most underused features is the line of biography you can include. Generally, the more information the better, but obviously don't scare people away with two paragraphs. Add a couple of genuine lines about yourself, not saying too much, but enough to get someone's interest.

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