“What really matters is what you do with what you have.” ― H.G. Wells
An algorithm at its core is a set of rules followed to get a certain outcome. Algorithms calculate the fastest route to get to work, what the weather's like tomorrow, and more importantly, which people to match together online.
Knowing how dating service algorithms work can make sure that you see the profiles that you're interested in and that they see yours.
Unfortunately, each dating service has its own algorithm with its own set of rules that determines which profiles get shown to whom, what order to show profiles, and more. So as you might have guessed, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Thankfully, here are a few key findings that you can use to your advantage:
Don't like/match everyone
Most dating algorithms use previous data—like who you matched with—to determine which people to show you next. Like a profile with caution.
Update your profile often
Users that update their profile are those that care about it. And users that care about their profile get rewarded by the algorithm with more views. Update often.
Start matching at 9PM
Hopping on with everyone else has a positive impact on the number of matches you get as the recently active profiles are usually shown to others first. Match at 9 PM.
Use complete sentences
Be active every day
And users that are eager will often pay money to get paid features—something every dating service wants. Therefore, most dating services reward active users by showing their profile to more users with the hope that the constant influx of likes gets them to pay a subscription fee. Be active.
Expand your expectations
Based on expert advice from eHarmony , many of the long-term relationships began with two people that didn't immediately think "this is the one".
Consider each profile you don't like carefully. Their images may be deceiving, their bios poorly written, and yet, they didn't have this guide.
Don't start with "hi" or "hey"
We'll go over the best ways to start your conversations soon. Hang in there.
Ask for their number between the 20th and 30th message
Interesting, right? The range between the 20th and 30th message ensures that both of you have something to talk about and that both parties are interested .
How dating algorithms work is a closely guarded secret—for good reason. If everyone knew how your dating algorithm worked then they'd exploit to their own benefit. Not good.
If you happen to stumble upon any dating algorithm research in the future, let us know! We'll update this guide with the new and improved information.
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