What their dating app profile reveals, from dog pics to emoji choice

A friend of mine swears that seeing a photo of a dog in a potential match’s online dating profile is a red flag.

Why? Because it usually isn’t actually their dog and is instead being used as bait to get more swipes.

Tinder agrees, it seems, as it’s one of the dating app’s things to look out for when trying to decipher between what’s genuine or not on someone’s profile.

These are the things you might want to look twice at before swiping right.

Their bio is an assortment of innuendo emojis

We all know these ones – the peach, aubergine, and banana to be exact.

When exactly innocent fruit became synonymous with genitalia is up for debate, but if you’re down to date instead of a casual encounter, emoji choice might be worth paying attention to.

Tinder say it either means:

  • They’re vegetarian or vegan and it’s a core part of their personality. The dating app say being vegan is the third most attractive ‘passion’ to their female users, so this might do well for some single people.
  • They’re here for casual sex and are being upfront about it.

They have a photo with a dog

Who the dog belongs to is anyone’s guess.

The Tinder experts say that having a pet photo is one key way to get more matches on the app, with two thirds of Gen Z users saying they’re ‘onto a winner’ if someone’s profile shows an interest in animals.

What it could mean:

  • They’re an animal lover and want to show you the special pet in their life, who you might get to one day meet.
  • The dog isn’t theirs – they just got their mate to take an attractive picture with it so they look cute, therefore getting more attention.

They have specified that they’re over 6ft

Some people won’t care when it comes to height, but a 6’5 person might be keen to meet someone also on the taller side.

According to Tinder, there is rarely a good reason to make a big deal out of being blessed with tall genes.

It either means:

  • They know height can be a superficial make or break for some people, and so it’s another way to get more right swipes.
  • Their height has become a personality trait of sorts – similar to gym bros.

They have a photo of themselves dressed up at a wedding with friends

The dating app says that smiling in pictures gets users 10% more likes, so sticking in a happy photo at a wedding (or similarly large and joyous event) will do well.

Tinder says a wedding pic could mean:

  • They’re close with their friends and want to show you how their social circle are like family. They also love a special event and party – they’re a social butterfly and want to meet someone also this way inclined.
  • This wedding happened five years ago, but it’s the last time they looked this good. It’s also still up as their Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram profile pictures.

They say they’ll update their parents about the first date 

Perhaps this is a little intense for a first date… or maybe just they’re super close to mum and dad, and it’s way more casual than it sounds?

The Tinder team say it might mean:

  • They’re a romantic and are in the dating game for something serious. This isn’t someone that saves the first parental meet for a year down the line.
  • They’re honest and have a relaxed relationship with their family. Almost half of Gen Z users say they want someone authentic and open, so maybe this isn’t a terrible sign.

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