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There’s something magically detailed about the Hinge algorithm and the common mindset of the app’s users that makes it attract people who are serious about finding partners. The problem is, there’s always going to be some red flags on your feed that you woudn’t have thought of- here’s how to know when to swipe left! 

He Wears Sunglasses in Every Photo 

I don’t think this is necessarily intentional at all- but if you can’t see what their actual face looks like, how are you supposed to get a full idea of what they would look like in person? 

Pics of Old Flames 

There’s a very distinct difference that anyone can recognize between a platonic friendship and a photo of a past relationship. I understand that people want to pick the photos that they look best in, but if you see a girl on his lap with her arms draping over his legs, you might want to take a pass. 

“I’m overly competitive about: Everything” 

One reason Hinge matches people so well is it asks detailed, deep questions to help users see if they’re compatible. I can show more about my personality and interests on my Hinge profile than someone on an app like Bumble could learn about me in a couple days of texting. I put effort into my responses, as anyone who wants to show off their best attributes should. So when you see someone who decided to choose the question “what are you overly competitive about?” and they say “everything”… not only is it vague, it requires no effort which is a major turn-off. 

Your ‘Most Compatable’ Match: “I guess Hinge says we should meet, so…” 

This is lazy. It’s super helpful that Hinge gives you a ‘Most Compatable’ match, and it’s helped me meet some awesome people in the past. The thing is, we still like to be courted and to be honest, it’s just not the proper way to ask someone on a date. Ask me about my profile, my school, anything! Making conversation before meeting should be a basic requirement. 


Meredith Klenkel is a Senior English major and the founder of Her Campus at Rollins. She aspires to write comedy for late night T.V one day and publish her own memoirs.
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