Dating can be complicated, especially in the age of the right swipe.
To help make sense of it all, we asked a few popular dating apps if they had any tips for scoring a date. Here's what we learned:
01. Your profile photo is incredibly important.
There's a lot that goes into a good profile picture, but according to online dating expert Laurie Davis, it should boil down to a few things: it shouldn't be a super old picture, it shouldn't appear to be too staged, and above all it should actually look like you do in real life.
02. Women should make the first move.
"Women who send the first message are 250% more likely to get a response than men," OkCupid chief product officer Jimena Almendares told Tech Insider.
03. Keep messages short.
Shakespeare was on to something when he wrote, "Brevity is the soul of wit." OkCupid says you should keep your messages brief and direct. But don't be too formal — "what's up" is much better than beginning with just "hey."
04. Show that you're interested by being specific.
Hinge helps you make a connection by seeing mutual friends with a potential match. It's a good idea to actually read someone's profile and come up with questions that make them feel like they're not just a random person you swiped right on.
05. Don't use the word "sorry" in your opener, ever.
You’re 56% less likely to exchange numbers. Hinge found that opening lines containing the word "sorry" are 56% less likely to result in a phone number exchange. Even if you're late to responding, never apologize.
06. Complimenting your match's name isn't a bad idea.
Hinge found that your odds of getting digits goes up 12.5%.
07. Stay away from vague time periods like "this weekend" or "next week."
Hinge users who used vague time frames were 40% less likely to score a number.
08. It's OK to use lighthearted slang like "haha" and "lol."
These led to a 17% increase in phone number exchanges on Hinge.
09. Check for typos.
Check your spelling and grammar before hitting send," OkCupid's Almendares said. "Poorly written messages have less of a chance of getting an answer."