Before I met my current partner, I was single and used dating apps to (almost) no avail for more than five years — which means I know exactly how frustrating it is when you feel like you're not having any success with online dating. In particular, I remember being baffled by Bumble when it first came out: I liked that its goal was to give women more power to control their online dating experience, but I also had no idea how to get matches on Bumble, or how to turn those matches into dates down the line.
Although the time for me, personally,to kill the game on Bumble might have come and gone, for anyone who's currently a member of the BeeHive, I have good news: as part of their annual "Year in Review", Bumble has released a round-up of statistics about their user base — and some of the stats are seriously enlightening for anyone who wants to make the most out of their Bumble profile. Obviously, there's no way to guarantee that you'll get more matches, but it doesn't hurt to have some insider info about Bumble, like when the best time to swipe is, and what kinds of messages have the best response rates.
So if you want to start the New Year off with a bang (or even just with a hot date), here are seven Bumble hacks that will hopefully help you get more matches — after that, all you have to do is let your natural charm do its thing.