Online Dating: Students Flag Do’s and Dont’s – Loyola Phoenix

Updated November 10, 2021 2:12 a.m. CT
Published November 10, 2021 9:45 a.m. CT

Sam Webster, a 20-year-old junior at Loyola, called her current boyfriend a “one in a million” find. When adventuring through Hinge — a popular dating app — she was fortunate enough to come across his profile. 

Despite her luck on the app, she said disrespectful people can overrun the apps and create a toxic atmosphere for true love seekers. She said if a prospective match called others derogatory terms, she wasn’t interested.

“If they put in their bio, ‘If you’re fat don’t swipe’ it makes me not want to swipe,” Webster said.

Even with each dating apps’ different algorithms, red flags remain riddled in the profiles of prospective matches. Loyola students spoke candidly about common phrases, photos and trends they see as red flags when looking for a date.

Students, when using Tinder and Bumble, said when a profile came off as “insecure,” they were more likely to swipe left.

Claire Calhoun, a 20-year-old junior, said people who are hung up on height preferences, cover their faces, use filters, and have only group photos scream insecurity to her. 

“All the pictures with them in a group show that they’re insecure because they have all their friends and you have to guess,” Calhoun said.

“It isn’t super appealing to have a dead animal in the picture with you.”

Keira Williams, Loyola sophomore

Sophomore Keira Williams, 19, brought up this phenomenon as well. Both girls use Bumble and Tinder, and Williams said she turned away from profiles only featuring group photos.

“If [the photo is] a group of guys you can almost always guess it’s the ugliest one,” Williams said. “It’s a red flag because they are trying to trick you — and it didn’t work.”

Another common red flag was fish pictures. Although a funny meme, Calhoun said posing with fish should stay in the camera roll.

“It isn’t super appealing to have a dead animal in the picture with you,” Calhoun said. “It makes you look more unattractive.”

Williams, who said she grew up in a middle-of-nowhere town — full of men in pickup trucks speaking with a country twang — said fishing photos exemplify a lifestyle she knows all too well, and disdains.



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