Find Your Valentine On Tinder

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Ken: What better than two men who have been happily married for a long time to tell you how to get a date for Valentine’s Day? Of course, Ryan Eldridge here with Nerds on Call. And how am I gonna do this, sir?

Ryan: Married guys and a nerd, right?

Ken: Who better?

Ryan: I mean, I know all about the Internet and getting dates is all…whatever, anyway.

Ken: Who better to tell you about dating than two married guys and a nerd? Here we go.

Ryan: So we talk about Tinder. Tinder’s kind of like the modern dating. So MaryAnn found her husband on I don’t know if a lot of viewers know that. But Tinder’s kind of like the new thing, right? And it’s owned by And it’s really more about…originally, it was more about just kinda like the casual hook-up. Like, I’m just looking for a single date and, you know, whatever, let’s see what happens. But now, it’s got 50 million users and 85% of those users are between 18 and 34 so it still skews a little younger. But not so bad, even if you’re, you know, in the older range here.

Ken: You’ve got some company.

Ryan: Yeah. The beautiful thing about Tinder is it uses GPS coordinates, so it only sets you up with people that are close-by. And you could set up your account to decide how far away you want those people to be. And on Tinder, what you do is, once you find someone that you like you can get a match on them, and there’s no unsolicited e-mail. People aren’t gonna just send you a bunch of e-mails and say, “Hey, let’s hook-up” or whatever, unless you’ve already liked them in advance. Does that kinda make sense?

Ken: Yes, absolutely.

Ryan: When you set up your profile, you connect it to Facebook and then you can put in options like, you know, what you do for a living, how much education you’ve had, so setting it up is really easy. And like I said, you can decide what you’re looking for, exactly how far you’re willing to travel and that kind of thing. And the nice thing is it’s so easy to use. You swipe right if you like them, you swipe left if you don’t like them. If you like them and they like you at the same time, it’s considered a match and then you guys can send each other messages.

Ken: Wow.

Ryan: That’s kinda nice, right?

Ken: Okay. All this time we were busy asking people out in person.

Ryan: Or spending hours reading a profile.

Ken: Who’s got time for that now?

Ryan: So if you’re like, “Oh, but I don’t wanna look at a bunch of profiles and read a bunch of information about where they went to school and how many dogs they have and everything. This is all about kind of like, “Well, if I am attracted to them then I’ll kinda hook-up with them, right?

Ken: Right. Because the profile’s all eyes anyway, and you know it.

Ryan: Yeah. So the other thing you can do is, when you do it, you can also see what other connections they have. So you could say, “Oh look, they know Joe from blah, blah, blah,” and you can kinda go, “Oh, I know that person a little bit.” But here’s the thing, is it’s still kind of a hook-up app. It’s not really like a, “Let’s have a long-term relationship” kind of thing. That’s a little more eHarmony style. Men rarely start conversations, so they get matched but then the men don’t really say anything, and so then the woman kinda has to do the one that is. So it can take a lot of time if you’re responding to every message, if you’re trying to be polite and somebody messaged you. But Iowa State University, they did a study and they found some cool ways that you can make your Tinder profile more attractive to the…

Ken: Oh!

Ryan: Oh, look at that.

Ken: Well, that’s a good…if you just put that picture up, yeah, you’re good to go.

Ryan: What they found is you wanna use natural pictures in your profile. If there are a bunch of posed pictures, you know, showing off your abs or whatever, you’re not going to get a lot of response. You want a natural-looking photo. The more perfect you look, the less attractive you are on Tinder because they think you’re untrustworthy. Also, when you do it, you wanna make sure you fill out your profile, kind of say something witty about yourself. And then, of course, you wanna set up your Instagram. Connect it to your Instagram, so that way they can kinda see what you’re like in real life rather than just you’re cultured life or whatever. And then when you finally send a message, make it something witty, something exciting. This is kind of funny, he used a bunch of emojis to connect to somebody. Don’t use a smarmy pick-up line, that’s never gonna work.

Ken: No.

Ryan: And last but not least, they’re setting up a new thing called the Boost where you can take your profile and temporarily boost it on Tinder, and it’ll get ten times more views. That’s in U.K. and Australia right now, but it’ll be out in the U.S. later this year.

Ken: And look at us, we wasted all this time talking to women in person, face-to-face, going out on dates. What a waste of time.

Ryan: Just go like this.

Ken: Just do that.

Ryan: That’s all you gotta do.

Ken: Always good to see you, Ryan. Thanks again.

Ryan: Good to see you.

Ken: Nerds on Call here to help us out. It’ll be linked to our site at So much more coming your way on this Monday morning, right after these messages. So it works like this, so you just swipe the thing, right?

Ryan: Yeah.

With 50 million active users, Tinder is one of the most popular online dating apps. If you’re thinking of “swiping right” this Valentine’s Day, we are here with tips for finding a date on Tinder.

The online dating world has previously dominated by sites like and eHarmony. But today’s young singles are flocking to Tinder. It started off as a way to find a casual hookup. Not anymore – so much!

Tinder has a massive number of users with around 50 million active. 85% of these users are aged 18-34. The beauty of this app is that it uses your phone’s GPS, so it only finds potential matches near your geographical location.

It has high user engagement statistics, users check their accounts 11 times per day and spend an average of 90 minutes per day on the app!

How does it work?

The app finds your location using GPS. You sign up by logging into the app through Facebook, which will create a profile. The profile includes: Your first name, age, photos (you choose) and pages you’ve “liked”. You can opt to include your education, occupation and anything else you find of interest. Tinder then finds potential matches near you. You can narrow results by age and distance, then when your potential matches are displayed, you can swipe left if you’re not interested or swipe right to “like” them. If they have “liked” you, it’s a match and you can start messaging each other.


It’s quick. Remember agonizing over a profile for hours? Well – that is a thing of the past.
It feels natural: Your initial connection with people in public is based on physical/instinctual attraction.
No unsolicited emails – only those you “like” can message you.
“Mutual friends” shows common Facebook friends/social circle so you get instant references to use in that ice breaker conversation.


It’s still focused on casual hook ups.
Men rarely start a conversation after a match.
It can be time suck if you try to respond to every message.

How Do I Succeed On Tinder?

1. A University of Iowa study had participants rank likability of various profiles/photos. What they found was that people think natural photos are more attractive
seem more trustworthy. “Profiles with a high level of ‘selective self-presentation’ (i.e. perfectly posed and highly filtered images) were deemed less socially attractive and less trustworthy than those with a low level of self-presentation.” You should mix up photos doing different things and DON’T post provocative or naked images if you want serious matches.

2. Present your real self, not an idealized version. You should complete your bio! Tinder’s VP of Branding says, “men are 98% less likely to get a “swipe right” if they don’t have anything in their bio”. But keep it brief and honest: study participants are less attracted to profiles that present an exclusively positive persona. Remember, nobody likes a braggart.

3. “Warrantability”. You should include links to your social media profiles. Tinder allows you to easily connect to Instagram, this keeps your profile fresh automatically and shows that you’re the same person all over the internet. Potential dates will trust your profile info if they can verify it.

4. Be smart about your first contact. Getting a match is a great honor, don’t blow it with a smarmy pick up line. Be more original than “hi” or “how are you?”, craft something unique and funny.

Tinder “Boost” is a new feature currently in beta test in Australia & UK. It boosts you to be one of the top profiles in your area for 30 minutes. They claim this results in x10 profile views and more chance of a match. It can only be activated while swiping in Tinder. Tinder Plus members get one free Boost each week.

Happy swiping!

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