Sunday is probably the busiest day of the year for online daters, according to several online dating sites. The reason? Not only is Sunday the most popular day for online dating, but this Sunday in particular is where people start to commit to their resolutions to find love in 2019.
This could be a boon for the dating services market, which has grown from $ 2.5 billion in 2015 to around $ 3.2 billion by 2020, according to MarketResearch.com. But for users, all of this dating traffic leads to more competition, which means you’ll have to improve your game when it comes to your online profile.
So MarketWatch asked operators of dating apps what people should include in their profiles to increase their chances of getting the dates they are looking for. One answer that prevails: talk about travel or local adventures (i.e. if these things interest you).
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Data that Match dating app worked for MarketWatch found that those who mentioned a local adventure or travel hotspot were more likely to get a response. More than half of the first 20 words mentioned in profiles that increased response rates were travel-related, with people who mentioned Tuscany being 934% more likely than average to get a response, Machu Picchu 873% more susceptible and Bermuda 587% more likely. Other top travel destinations in the top 20 included Nantucket (581%), Bora Bora (397%), Rome (215%) and Ibiza (176%).
“The big trend is local activities and travel destinations,” a Match spokesperson told MarketWatch, adding that “Singles are currently motivated to immediately connect to the past, current and ambitious experiences they share with their potential partner “.
Travel is also all the rage on other dating apps, with Hinge telling MarketWatch that travel photos get 30% more likes than photos without location tags and spontaneity posts (including things like “next vacation I want to spend is X”) get 139% more answers than the average. And Tinder says nearly one in five followers use the app to find someone to explore with while traveling.
It’s all part of a larger trend, with millennials and baby boomers in particular embracing travel. Indeed, millennials prefer travel rather than buying a house, a survey found, and baby boomers are so eager to travel that they book trips earlier than ever. This helps explain why domestic travel is expected to grow 2.4% year over year through April 2019, according to the US Travel Association.
Of course, it’s important to point out that dating and traveling are expensive activities. A Match survey of 5,500 singles found they spent nearly $ 1,600 on dating each year, including everything from coffee and cocktails to food and clothing. Not to mention that many of us pay for our online dating subscriptions.. More, a survey carried out by the financial application Trim found that seven in ten Americans spent money on travel last year, spending between $ 620 and almost $ 1,300 a year on trips.