I started using the apps when I moved to New York in 2015. Being alone in a new city was scary, especially when your city is so massive. As I sat in my little studio apartment, I wondered “How would I meet anyone if I didn’t have friends to go to bars with in the first place?” Almost immediately, I decided to download virtually every dating app—from Tinder to JSwipe.
Going on dates used to make me so nervous. But living in NYC was my chance to start over and face my fears. Dating could be my social life. No plans on a Thursday night? Some guy will gladly take you out for a drink! And so my serial dating life began. But just two months later, I swiped right for the boy who would later become my boyfriend. I liked using Bumble because I had control of the situation—I could make the first move. And after a week of easy conversation, we decided to go on a date. Fast forward three and a half years, and we’re living together in a one bedroom apartment, and we're ridiculously in love.
I like to call myself a Bumble success story. Not only did I meet my boyfriend on the app, but I also used Bumble BFF to meet my two closest friends. Although I went on a “date” with both girls separately, we have since joined together and have become a full on squad.
Want to find the right matches like I did? Check out my three tried and true tips for dating.
- Choose your photos wisely: I think taking a “come as you are” approach to your profile photos is absolutely key to online dating success. You want to show yourself in the best light to make a great impression, but you also want the photos to be a true representation of who you are. Choose a mix of solo shots, pics with a couple friends or family members, something outdoorsy, and if you have a dog, definitely include him!
- Have fun with it: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Keep it light at first and be playful. It takes the pressure off.
- Make the first move: Ladies, if you’re interested, let him or her know! I started the conversation with my boyfriend and look where we are now.
These days, being on the apps is the new norm. More and more people are entering relationships through dating apps like Bumble. With cuffing season in full swing, we want to spread the love. That’s why we selected some lucky Influensters to trial Bumble’s new Spotlight feature. This coin-based feature allows users to boost their profile in an area for 30 minutes. You’ll be on the top of the queue, which means you’ll increase your chances of getting matches. Who knows, maybe one of these matches will turn out to be your true love!
What has worked for you on dating apps? Share in the comments below!