Start Your Engines: Certain Vehicles Could Get You More Dating App Messages
People shop for cars for a multitude of reasons.
Do you opt for a ride that’s affordable? How about a model that’s chic, fit with all the latest specs and gadgets? Or do you buy a car simply because it’s “cool,” hoping it’ll impress whomever you drive past?
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In the case of dating, people respond well to photos of your vehicle, but that doesn’t mean every single car out there will earn you more messages than the average person.
Our friends over at Zoosk did some digging, pulling exclusive photo data which hints that the inclusion of certain cars in profile pictures – for both men and women – may help in terms of meeting new people on the app. On average, people who have a car in their photo get 165 percent more inbound messages than a vehicle-less user, but it’s showcasing a Jeep that’ll boost the number of messages you receive the most — by 243 percent, to be exact.
Shocked that it’s not a Porsche, Maserati or something else exotic that’s sweeping these app users off their feet? Well, the BMW may follow Jeeps at 149 percent, but it’s your more basic automobiles that seem to draw more attention on dating profiles. Having a Toyota in your photo increases your inbound messages by 73 percent, generic vans by 61 percent, with sedans and trucks around the 40 percent mark.
Apologies in advance to hatchback owners — if you own one, it’s best you keep that hunk of metal to yourself. According to Zoosk’s data, having a hatchback in your photo decreases your chances of getting a message by 15 percent.
While we’ve covered what happens when you show a picture of your car, mentioning it directly in your profile is a whole other story. Sure, referencing your truck (or that fact that you can drive in general) will increase your inbound messages by 48 and 11 percent, respectively, but going on and on about your Ford or Dodge will get you nowhere. And definitely don’t reference the van you own — you’ll see a decrease in inbound messages by 72 percent if you do.
And finally, messaging a woman directly about the car you own won’t do you any good either (with a few interesting exceptions). And, once again, ladies aren’t a huge fan of hatchbacks.
According to Zoosk’s research, mentioning a BMW, Nissan, Land Rover, Subaru, Prius, truck, Ford, and Mercedes all brought an increase of inbound messages, with percentages ranging from 79 to 11. As for what cars brought a decrease in women’s responses, that would be: Honda, Chevrolet, van, Toyota, Ferrari, sedan, Tesla, Lexus, Dodge, Mazda, and what appears to be the runt of the vehicle family — the poor hatchback.
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Essentially, no matter how much money you throw at a fancy, overpriced ride, don’t expect it to land you a hot date. Something on the cheaper side has a good chance of attracting just as much attention on a dating app as a car you’d see James Bond pull up in.
Besides, the photos of you should be what ultimately decides how much attention you receive, not the car you own. Just try smiling and see how that works for you.
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