Its official: The new mobile dating app, Hinge, is making an impact on the modern day single’s scene. Just recently expanding to Denver. Partnering with Uber. Helping singles enforce a strict no-rando policy.
But can dating on demand really help the relationship-oriented among us find our match? God knows it has got to be better than Tinder. (Sorry, Tinder, I haven’t even used you, but I hate you for all these reasons.) The average Hinge user has a decent shot at finding someone dateable—but only if they are smart in handling the process. And, yes, even dating-on-demand-is a process.
Hinge seems simple. But just like that old non-relationship-relationship you had in college, when it comes to things progressing into a serious relationship: It’s complicated. If you’ve downloaded or are about to download Hinge on your iPhone or Android, come up with a mobile dating strategy before you go on your very first Hinge date. Consider the following three ways to increase your chances of finding potential compatibility--instead of just finding yourself still single and frustrated.
1. Make quick, smart decisions about who you could actually have romantic interest in. If you know yourself, the type you are looking for, and the kind of relationship that you want, it is easier to decide who to heart and who to “x” out of on Hinge. Absolutely judge people as undesirable matches if you are not feeling their photos or the information they shared. If you are on the fence about potential attraction, you can start a dialogue and see where it goes. On the other hand, if you are turned off by something from the start: Fuhgeddaboutit! (PS: If you need to fuggeddabout your ex, be sure to check out my new book, How To Get Over Your Ex: A Step By Step Guide To Mend A Broken Heart Italian American Style. Hint: If you aren’t over your ex, you will never find your true match.)
2. Ask your Mutual Friend for the 411. Any information you can get about a potential match from the mutual friend you have in common is good information. Hinge was designed to allow you to further screen dating prospects by asking your friends for their opinion on the potential match. Do not be afraid to ask for the dirt! If you trust your friends’ opinion and ability to play matchmaker, you can definitely facilitate the process of finding the right person for you.
3.Be on the lookout for potential time wasters. When looking for a serious relationship, you don’t have time to spend dating people who will turn out to be time wasters. On a mobile dating app like Hinge, it is easy to spot them. Not only do they text things that indicate they are just looking for something casual, but they literally waste your time by hindering any relationship progression. They wait several hours to days to respond to you. They don’t ask for your number or give you their number. Ultimately, they don’t take things off the app and into real life. #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat
Increase your chances of finding and keeping a great relationship on Hinge with my new Mobile Dating App Strategy Session. For more information on this specialized coaching service, please contact me at Rachel@RachelRusso.com.