Do People Swipe Right Solely Based On Photos? 15 People Share Their Dating App Strategies

By now, if you use dating apps, you’re probably a pro at swiping right or left. Do you swipe right just based on photos, or do you read people’s profiles, too? And what ~should~ you do? If you’re not attracted to a person through their pictures, should you still read their profile and see if anything clicks before swiping left?

“If we’re really honest with ourselves, we ALL [swipe right based on photos],” Susan Winter, relationship expert and bestselling author of Allowing Magnificence , tells Bustle. “Who’s going to date someone to whom they’re not attracted? There’s no moral judgment here. It’s just the way it is. Rationally, we know it’s about the inner qualities. But it’s the outer package that lures us in to explore the inner content.”

Kali Rogers, Founder of Blush Online Life Coaching, agrees.“When it comes to dating apps, you might as well swipe right on everyone,” Rogers tells Bustle. “Yes, everyone. Why not? The whole point is to get to know people and decide who you want to meet in person."

However, that said, if you skip over the profile, you may be missing out on some key info. After all, people aren’t always who they say they are… or, they say it, but you may not read it. “It can be so easy to just look at pictures on your dating app and swipe right,” Antonia Hall, psychologist, relationship expert, and author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life , tells Bustle. “You’re in a flow, and they’re so attractive. What could possibly go wrong? But you’ll actually save yourself time, frustration, and potentially disastrous messaging/dating later if you’ve taken the time to read their profile from the get-go. Otherwise, you risk missing critical information like, ‘In an open relationship. Wanna join us for some fun?’ or ‘Just out of prison. Let’s do this!’ There are a lot of very attractive, but undateable, people out there."

I hear that. I asked people whether or not they swipe right solely based on someone’s profile pictures and here’s what I discovered.

1. Shannon Ong, Founder of The Catch, 32

2. Jennifer, 43

3. Daniel, 43

4. Carmel, Relationship Writer, The Big Fling, 32

5. Ryan, 34

6. Ari, 24

7. Elizabeth, 25

8. Princess, 19

9. Whitney, 28

10. Nadia, 30

11. Kayla, 22

12. Nenad, 27

13. McKenna, 22

14. Serena, 36

15. David, 36

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