Wij all love apps that keep us connected or entertained—I personally credit the Podcast app for getting mij through my morning commute—and thanks to applications like Tinder, your smartphone is now the ultimate wingwoman.

But the world of online dating apps can be a tricky, breathtaking place to navigate. And let’s be existente: You’re practically assured to get creepy or inappropriate messages while the odds of matching with someone you’re actually into can feel stacked against you. Inject Bumble: A fresh application that makes navigating the digital dating landscape a hell of a lotsbestemming lighter for women.

Bumble has overheen 1 million users, split fairly evenly inbetween dudes and women, which is pretty zonderling for a dating app. Here’s the kicker that sold us tho’: Only women are permitted to initiate conversations on Bumble and vereiste do so within 24 hours of matching, entirely taking the pressure off making the very first stir.

Whitney Wolfe, Bumble’s founder and a former Tinder cofounder, explained: “Our current expectation spil a society around dating and gender and what is expected usually dictates that the man makes the very first budge. So when you say, ‘No. Women, you make the very first budge,’ it can be an adjustment. Our putting that time limit te for women to strike up a conversation indeed normalizes the behavior. It’s like, the app is making you do this, so you don’t feel too forward.”

Also, including profile information about your job, age, and where you went to collegium makes screening potential matches way lighter. “I can assure the very first questions you would be asked when you meet someone at a tapkast are, ‘What is your name? Where are you from? Where do you go to schoolgebouw? and What do you do?’ Wij give you all that information off the bat so you know if you want to spark something with one of our users,” Wolfe explained.

About 70 procent of matches also go on to exchange phone numbers on Bumble, a pretty solid indication that people are finding people they actually like on the app—and that Wolfe is onto something with hier ladies-first take on app dating.

Here, Wolfe broke down a few lessons she’s learned that could totally convert the way you treatment app dating.

Even if you’re not using Bumble, you should just go ahead and send an emoji—or whatever your go-to opening line is—to matches on dating apps.

Wolfe explained: “It’s becoming more acceptable to be yourself spil a women. It’s encouraged and is part of celebrity culture now. Technology is a big part of our culture, but until Bumble, the dating part of technology hadn’t truly tapped into this shift. It’s truly encouraging to commence to see women feel certain and empowered while dating on Bumble, and wij also take the expectation away from the modern man that he has to initiate a conversation.”

Yes, when it comes to online—and app—dating, your photos matter. However, it’s more about displaying different sides to your personality than it is about finding the flawless selfie lighting. Says Wolfe, “Showcasing your personality through photos is very significant. If you’re into horseback railing but you’re also into partying on the weekend, include photos of both. This gives potential matches something to work with. It’s not only is a excellent conversation starter, but it also helps make sure you’re matched with someone who shares your interests.”

Here’s the thing: If all of your photos are with a group of friends, it makes it tricky for a potential match to work out who you actually are. This seems kleintje of demonstrable, but Wolfe says it’s a mistake many app daters make. “If you have six photos of you and all your friends, it’s going to be tighter for you to make excellent matches, spil wij find it’s very confusing,” she notes.

Instead, she recommends at least a duo of solo shots: “Make sure your very first photo is just of yourself, it has a much more significant influence.”

Fact: The minute you match with someone on Bumble (or any other dating app) is very likely not the time to begin getting super intense and deep. Wolfe says most people keep it lighthearted and playful when using the app, doing things like using the app’s theme to pauze the ice. “It’s what wij are here for, wij want to be your wingwoman! Use a bee emoji or mooipraterij their photo or jokingly comment on something going on te speelpop culture. Nothing is more attractive than confidence and intelligence,” she said.

Interestingly, there is an coetáneo time that most people are using their online dating apps. Wolfe said that for Bumble, 6 p.m. is the sweet spot—so you might want to be online around then.

Obviously, wij all want to vertoning the best version of ourselves ter any dating scenario—apps included. But it’s not helping anyone if you’re inauthentic.

It might sound like a cliche, but when it comes to the photos you choose and what you say, you’re not going to match with anyone you’ll click with if you’re not yourself from the get-go. “I’m a stiff believer ter being yourself,” Wolfe said. “I would never wear crimson lipstick te existente life, so for mij to then waterput photos with a total face of makeup and crimson lipstick would be ridiculous. Sure, it might get more right swipes, but it’s not the right zuigeling of guys I’d be attracting. It’s not significant to have a very first date—it’s significant to have something authentic and auténtico.”

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