What is Hinge’s Most Eligible Singles in America? How is Hinge’s Most Eligible Singles Determined? Who’s On It In San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, NYC and Beyond
Starting around 2015 Hinge produced some PR pieces for the ‘Most Eligible Singles’ in America across major cities and professions. Most of these are lists are a mix of men and women across fields and industries like advertising, media, retail/cpg, startup, non-profit, health & wellness, tech, finance, doctors etc. These articles were written to attract more users to the platform but it has set some bad examples of what to include in your profile.
The last set of profiles that were published to my knowledge were for 2018 and I assume they will not resume the list now that the company is now owned by Match Group.
Being a single in tech is not a major selling point for singles – in fact it can be a turn-off. If your profile leads with or focuses on the fact that you work in tech then it paints you as a rather dull, bland individual – one of many in the Bay Area. There is nothing wrong with the companies or industry but using it is a major selling point is rather douchey.
Profiles should focus on you, your hobbies, interests, passions, character etc. Career and education is important but listing accomplishments in title, education or company will take you so far. If you try to craft your dating profile like a LinkedIn profile or resume, dating is going to be rough for you.
With that said, some profession focused profiles make a little more sense than others. Aligning lifestyle and hours for doctors and start-ups makes some sense, priorities and life choices with respect to non-profits is perfectly normal but some of the best relationships and dating experiences are from those who seek someone different from themselves.
Pro-tip, privacy is a major concern for most folks on dating apps. If that is of concern, better to be a little vague than super vague or leave fields blank altogether.
Most Eligible By City: Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco
In 2018 Hinge moved away from professions and industries and move toward city based lists. You can see the list here: https://www.businessinsider.com/most-eligible-singles-america-2018-hinge-2018-1
Online Dating Photos
Most of the people in these lists have awful photos. Either professional, portrait photos or studio headshots. Most images taken in studios are overly photoshopped, airbrushed or taken in flattering light – they don’t look like the individuals in person. Photos like this don’t reveal character, show the full-body (physique) or offer any insight about the user (might as well point your profile to LinkedIn).
Others use photos that are too intense or just self-absorbed. These photos coupled with coy prompts signal a lack of confidence to really put yourself out there and be vulnerable. The 2015 list from SF were actually taken in a studio and are as equally cringeworthy and look like Step Brothers movie posters: https://www.businessinsider.com/hinge-most-eligible-singles-in-san-francisco-2015-3
The most effective photos for dating profiles should be organic, outdoors, doing activities, have some environmental aspect to them and reflect some qualitative aspects of you that complement your bio and prompts.
Friends on Hinge
These lists were primarily put together by a list of right-swipe activity as well as friends or influence. Influence? – Is this the Instagramification of dating apps? Does having more friends on Hinge really make you more eligible, desirable? I would argue against this number.
Having more friends suggests you are either comfortable being single (since you have a lot of single friends), have more but shallower friendships, friends that don’t want to introduce you to their friends or are a bit vain with respect to social media connections. The more people you know should make it easier for you to meet people organically so having many friends on Hinge would be a red flag to most people.
Don’t craft your bios like these users. These lists were assembled for PR and SEO purposes. Creating a profile should be more organic, candid, insightful – less robotic and polished. Here are some tips to start your online dating profile: https://eddie-hernandez.com/how-to-write-an-online-dating-profile/
If you Google many of these users now (years after the initial posts) they are still single. Many of the profiles and photos come off as narcissistic, not looking for anything serious or looking to build their own business of social media following.
Further reading: Best prompts and answers to use on Hinge. https://eddie-hernandez.com/best-hinge-questions/
About Eddie Hernandez
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