This is the Best Time of Day to Go on Tinder

Plus: the one day out of the year you're all-but-guaranteed to get a match.

Have you ever noticed that there are days—or even particular times—when you seem much more likely to get a match on Tinder than others? Well, it's not just your imagination. The magic of meeting someone might have moved from the bar to the couch, and from the miracle of life to some pretty smart algorithms, but timing is still everything. So, with that in mind, when is the best time to whip out your phone for a little swiping? According to a press release by the online dating giant, the peak time for Tinder use is Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST. In other words, right around brunch time. 

It makes sense, psychologically. Most people are free on Sunday afternoons, so a dip into the online dating pool pairs perfectly with a hangover and a marathon of Seinfeld reruns. After a couple of bad dates or awkward run-ins with exes on Friday or Saturday night, you might also be more eager than ever to get back to a place that has some sort of screening system for potential lovers.

And if you're single and looking, we've got some good news for you as well: The most popular day for online dating in the whole year is coming up—fast. The first Sunday of the new year, which in 2018 will be January 8th, always sees an enormous spike in Tinder usage. Last year, there were more than 44 million matches made on Dating Sunday, a number that accounts for 10 percent of the total swipes in January. 

As for some other statistics, here's how you stack up against the competition:

  1. About 10 percent of men and women include dogs in their photos. (While there's a common misconception that men include dogs more than women, their data indicates that it's split evenly.)
  2. 22 percent of men wear suits in their profile pictures.
  3. 72 percent of users wear a neutral color (black, navy, beige, or white) in their primary photograph.
  4. 81 percent of users include at least four photographs in their profiles.

And yes, in case you're wondering, we do have some tips for nabbing some more matches. For starters, look at the camera. People who face forward in photos are 20 percent more likely to be swiped right on. Also, make sure to smile. People who smile are 14 percent more likely to be swiped right on. Finally, don't wear sunglasses. No matter how cool they are, rocking shades decreases your chances of being swiped right on by 15 percent. And once you do get that match, try sending along some fun GIFs. According to their data, users who use GIFs are 30 percent more likely to get a response and are more likely to have conversations that last twice as long.

Or, if you're not into GIFs, just try using any of the 20 Greatest Tinder Opening Lines of All Time. Good luck out there.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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