Online Dating Guide, List: Best Online Dating Podcasts, Research, Online Dating Articles, Statistics, Studies, Online Dating Reviews, Safety, Best Online Dating Books

Over the years I have stumbled on a variety of resources, articles, stories, anecdotes, and books covering dating culture, online dating, regional trends and more. Some of these can be found referenced on corresponding blog posts and pages on my site, but I have consolidated them here for you on this page.

These are not endorsements nor recommendations but rather a library of well-rounded information for those looking to get a detailed set of views, opinions and studies.

There is a lot of bad advice out there but these are ones I come back to and suggest to clients in addition to posts on my blog including this exhaustive step by step checklist on online dating success factors.

Related Reading: Online Dating FAQ Guide For Beginners

 

Online Dating Terms, Lingo, Slang, Meanings and Definitions

Sample list of terms, slang, jargon to familiarize yourself with millennial dating lingo like catfishing. I don’t recommend using these in your vocabulary, but it’s important to be aware of them to ID immature folks.

Online Dating FAQ’s, Dating Apps For Beginners, Online Dating Tips

Online Dating Frequently Asked Questions – Dating App FAQ’s

Dating App Profile Photo Intro Guide – Photo Tips For Dating Profiles

Best Dating Apps – Best Dating Apps For Serious Relationships

Best Gay, LGBTQ+ Dating Apps – Best Dating Sites For Gay Men, Lesbians & More

 

Best Online Dating Podcasts, Dating App Podcast

Maureen O’Connor (New York Magazine’s Sex Lives Podcast). Unfortunately this podcast is no longer producing new episodes (DAMN IT MAUREEN!) but you can still access the podcast on most apps, the link above points to her site which lists some of her favorite episodes that cover contemporary culture around sex (not focused on dating apps but does some episodes do).

Definitely worth listening to. iTunes Link

 

Online Dating Documentaries (Video), Shows, Online Dating TV Shows

HBO’s Swiped – Hooking Up In The Digital Age. Author Nancy Jo Sales investigates the online dating industry’s impact on gender issues, examining how it has changed the way people date and mate and think about the apps on their phones, and exploring how the act of swiping affects the ability to find true and lasting connections.

CBS’ Dating apps turn finding love into a video game — and lots of people lose.

Netflix Indian Matchmaking Show – https://www.netflix.com/watch/80244565?source=35

Introduction To Online Dating - Beginner's Guide To Dating Apps

For those that are brand new to dating apps, I offer a crash course on what to expect, pros and cons of dating apps, which apps to use, how to structure profiles, analyzing photos, wardrobe, hairstyle, grooming habits, lifestyle choices and assess if dating apps are good for you i.e. dating apps vs matchmakers vs offline efforts, are you ready to use dating apps. Great for those who are recently single, divorced, never used dating apps or are busy folks looking to meet people more efficiently.

Hitch – The movie that inspired me to do what I do for a living today…

 

Books on Dating, Best Online Dating Books, Conversations with Strangers

Read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and American Sociologist from New York University professor Eric Klinenberg. Anecdotal observations, investigative studies about dating culture specifically online dating culture from the lens of a guy living in NYC.

Outrageous stories, quirky examples of the pleasures and perils of dating in the digital age. Available on book as well as on audiobook (one of the few audiobooks that are done justice).

Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers. This book is a great read and helps to shed insight on why people have a hard time reading and analyzing strangers whether its on one meeting or knowing someone for a period of time.

Many people have reservations about meeting people through dating apps, but dating apps are merely a channel, deception can occur offline as well.

 

Online Dating Studies, Statistics, Psychology Research, Online Dating Research Studies

The Economist – How the Internet Has Changed Online Dating. This article shows how technology and app culture has impacted how people meet, behave and interact. Fascinating take only the way the Economist can do it.

This Atlantic article (A Psychologist Guide to Online Dating) is a great source for delving into the world of online dating and how it affects the mind. It’s a primer on the pitfalls, limitations and shortsightedness of dating apps.

Dating App Fatigue, The Atlantic article is another great read especially for those on dating apps for a long time and either don’t get likes and matches, meet the wrong people or start to have aspects of their lives deteriorate. An intro guide to the psychological effects of long-term dating app usage and what happens when you use this as your only method for meeting women and stop using offline techniques.

Huffington Post – The Perfect Online Dating Profile Is Not Perfect At All (Goes on to describe how the best profiles are imperfect, show candidness and vulnerability vs being focused on portrait type photos.

Washington Posts’ Researchers have figured out the one thing not to do in your online dating profile is a great read that discusses some myths behind dating profiles and what you should focus on instead.

BBC’s Game Theory and Finding Love via Online Dating

Deception in Mobile Dating Conversations – https://academic.oup.com/joc/article-abstract/68/3/547/4986443

Pew Research on American Dating – 10 Facts About Americans and Online Dating

 

Online Dating Blogs (Hinge, Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid & More)

Read this.

 

Online Dating Background Checks, Dating App Profile Background Checks

Read this.

 

Online Dating Articles, Dating App Studies, Articles About Online Dating, Dating App Articles

Looking Too Intense by Photofeeler is a must for all guys planning on using dating apps. It discusses the ways guys self-sabotage their photos by trying too hard to look macho, sexy, confident in their photos. Although I don’t agree with using Photofeeler to make all your dating choices with respect to photos, this article is one of two I recommend reading.

Asking Friends for Opinions on Your Pics/Profiles? Why You Should Stop by Photofeeler – this is the other article I recommend reading before setting up a dating profile. It shows the biases that are presented when asking friends for help with photos. Note that most people don’t even show their profiles to anyone – I am usually the first person they seek help from.

Photofeeler’s Why Selfies Make You Look Bad – Pretty obvious but this goes into some technical reasons why to ditch selfies as well as briefly touching on why they are bad from a societal and cultural standpoint.

Online Dating: Are You Attracting the Right Type– This article talks about what people signal and what they attract through their profiles. Not super comprehensive but it does touch upon the pillars from which I try to coach folks on their dating efforts. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/between-the-sheets/201906/online-dating-are-you-attracting-the-right-type

Why Women Keep Ignoring Your Online Dating Messages – this CNET articles is more of an advice column with a Q&A design but it does hammer home some key tips on why most men struggle with messaging women.

New Yorker’s Rage of the Incels is a dark but necessary look into the lives of involuntary celibates (incels). Not exclusive to online dating but an insightful read nonetheless.

Atlantic Article – Why Smart, Successful People Aren’t Happy In Life

Huffington Post: In Partisan 2019, Listing ‘Moderate’ (Politics) Can Hurt You On Dating Apps. Pretty insightful read, infers many conservatives list moderate to avoid automatic left-swipe.

The Atlantic: The Dating Market Is Getting Worst: Looks at dating over time and the problems with abundance of choice, time spent on apps, incels, etc.

Dating Profile Ghostwriter Reflects On Very Troubling Profession: https://www.fox13news.com/news/dating-profile-ghostwriter-reflects-on-very-troubling-profession

How To Prevent Loneliness During Social Distancing: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-prevent-loneliness-in-a-time-of-social-distancing/

Online Dating Ghostwriters, Impersonators https://qz.com/1247382/online-dating-is-so-awful-that-people-are-paying-virtual-dating-assistants-to-impersonate-them/

 

Regional, Gender Pieces (Dating in SF, NYC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, Silicon Valley)

Seattle – https://www.damemagazine.com/2014/05/23/amazon-killing-my-sex-life/

Washington D.C. – https://www.npr.org/local/305/2019/12/10/786637781/washington-has-a-shortage-of-single-educated-men-could-amazon-fix-that

San Francisco – Dating In San Francisco

Dating In New York City: Dating In NYC

Dating in Los Angeles: Dating in LA

Dating Someone In Tech: https://eddie-hernandez.com/dating-someone-in-tech/

Silicon Valley aka Man Jose – https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/editaudio/single-swipe-repeat/e/62172224

Secrets Of Silicon Valley Dating Scene – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/justinesharrock/the-secrets-of-silicon-valleys-dating-scene

Women Need To Date Carpenters Like Men Date Yoga Instructors – Great article highlighting how preferences and deal-breakers get in the way of finding love.

Vogue article regarding Dating Men in Silicon Valley “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.”

Guardian’s: How to speak Silicon Valley: 53 essential tech-bro terms explained

 

Online Dating Surveys

SurveyMonkey – Conquer Love with these Dating App Statistics. A bit dated but interesting nonetheless. One of the larger surveys spanning multiple datin apps.

Conversation Nation – Plenty Of Fish Survey – Annual survey of over 2,000 users.

 

Online Dating Safety Guides

FTC (Federal Trade Commission) – Online Romance Imposter Scams.

 

Dating Site Safety: How To Report Online Dating Scams, Dating App Scams, Online Romance Scammers

The FTC has a great resource of possible types of scams to look out for. Read up on the latest information they provide as well as their online form to report scams.

Additionally, the FBI has an online form to report online crimes – check out that form as well.

 

Reddit Subreddits: Reddit Tinder, Female Dating Strategy, Hinge Reddit, Bumble Reddit, RoastMe Reddit, Dating Profile Critiques Reddit, Online Dating Help Reddit, Dating Profile Review Reddit

RoastMe Reddit: r/roastme

Online Dating Reddit: r/onlinedating

Hinge Reddit: r/hingeapp

Bumble Reddit: r/Bumble

Reddit Tinder: r/tinder

Female Dating Strategy Reddit: r/FemaleDatingStrategy

Reddit Dating Over Thirty: Dating Over Thirty Reddit

 

Dating Coach Services - Men & Women

First date ideas, wardrobe styling, places to meet singles, where to sit at bars & restaurants, body language, vocal intonation, eye contact, conversation skills, how to be more approachable, conversation starters, mock dates, grooming, hygiene, hair, wardrobe, style, lifestyle choices, uncovering blindspots, reducing biases and more. Clients from NYC, LA, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Seattle, London, Sydney, Melbourne & beyond.

-As seen in the NYT, WSJ & More

Professional Matchmaker Reviews, Ghostwriter Reviews, High-End Matchmaking Services

Most matchmakers use Trustpilot for their main review source. I do not trust Trustpilot reviews. Google and Yelp reviews are more in line with actual results but even then make sure there is a substantial number of reviews from people, with photos, full names from each account.

Yelp actually filters reviews for people who are new to the site, don’t have many reviews, lack photos or activity on the site. Read these complaints about their practices here. You won’t look at their reviews the same way again.

Quora on Trustpilot | Trustpilot Reviews | Trustpilot Analysis | BBC Trustpilot Watchdog Report

Reasons why you shouldn’t hire a matchmaker or ghostwriter. With that said, most success stories are not publicized for privacy reasons as there is still a stigma around using dating apps, matchmakers, etc. Take each review with a grain of salt.

Read more about Dating Apps vs Matchmakers, Matchmaking Service Reviews and more here in this guide.

 

Other Matchmaking Reviews, Dating Consultancy Reviews, Speed Dating Reviews (Yelp, Google, Reddit, BBB), Matchmaking Resources

Ambiance Matchmaking Reviews Yelp Reviews

Brotherton Holdings https://www.kansascity.com/news/business/personal-finance/article177052366.html

East Bay Matchmakers Review: https://sfist.com/2017/05/24/shocker_company_called_silicon_vall/

Elite Singles Review: EliteSingles Dating App Review

Evan Marc Katz Reddit Reviews Evan Marc Katz Reddit #1 | Evan Marc Katz Reddit #2

Evan Marc Katz Reviews: Evan Marc Katz Yelp Reviews

Events & Adventures Reviews: Events & Adventures Yelp Reviews

Executive Matchmaker Reviews: Executive Matchmaker Yelp Reviews

Joshua Pompey Reviews: Joshua Pompey Yelp Reviews

Introverted Alpha Reviews: Introverted Alpha Yelp Reviews

Kelleher International Matchmaking Reviews: Kelleher Matchmaking Yelp Reviews

Linx Dating Reviews: Linx Dating Yelp Reviews

LookBetterOnline Reviews: Look Better Online BBB Reviews

LookBetter Online Reviews Look Better Online Yelp Reviews

Maclynn International (formerly Vida Consultancy). Vida Consultancy Yelp Reviews | Yelp Reviews NYC | Yelp Reviews UK

Matthew Hussey Reviews: Matthew Hussey Yelp Reviews | Matthew Hussey Reddit

MyCheekyDate Reviews: Yelp Reviews

Selective Search Matchmaking Reviews: Selective Search Matchmaking Yelp Reviews

Silicon Valley Matchmaker Reviews: Silicon Valley Matchmaker Yelp Reviews

Silicon Valley Matchmaker Lawsuit: Small Claims Lawsuit Story (see also West Coast Matchmakers Review and Sonoma Matchmakers review)

Silicon Valley Matchmaker: Company Called ‘Silicon Valley Matchmaker’ Appears To Be A Pricey Scam

Smart Dating Academy Reviews: Smart Dating Academy Yelp Reviews

Sonoma Matchmaker Yelp Reviews: Sonoma Matchmakers Reviews

SpeedSanFran Dating Reviews: Yelp Reviews

Vida / Virtual Dating Assistants Review: Vida Select Review

West Coast Matchmakers Yelp Reviews: West Coast Matchmaker Reviews

*For more candid reviews/feedback on the above services, contact me directly. Avoid places without any or many reviews online.* These are usually spam farms that change their names after a few bad reviews.

Tawkify Reviews, Tawkify Costs, Lawsuits, Alternatives, Complaints, Tawkify Reddit

My Tawkify Review – https://eddie-hernandez.com/tawkify-reviews/

Tawkify Reviews https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/san-francisco/profile/dating-services/tawkify-1116-874156

Tawkify Yelp Reviews https://www.yelp.com/biz/tawkify-new-york

Tawkify Better Business Bureau Reviews https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/san-francisco/profile/dating-services/tawkify-1116-874156

Tawkify Lawsuit https://osclegal.com/osc-defeats-motion-to-compel-arbitration-in-win-for-dating-app-consumers/

Tawkify Review Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/datingoverthirty/comments/lyj1no/anyone_been_on_a_tawkify_date/

Three Day Rule Cost, Three Day Rule Vs Tawkify, Google Reviews, Three Day Rule Reviews

Three Day Rule Complaints: https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/santa-monica/profile/dating-services/three-day-rule-1216-353909/complaints

Three Day Rule Google Reviews: https://www.google.com/search?q=three+day+rule+los+angeles

Three Day Rule Investors, Three Day Rule Shark Tank, Match.com

Three Day Rule received an investment from Match.com after the show.

https://sharktanktales.com/three-day-rule-shark-tank-update/

It’s Just Lunch Reviews, It’s Just Lunch Cost, Lawsuit, Reviews Reddit, Yelp Reviews, It’s Just Lunch Complaints, It’s Just Lunch Horror Stories

It’s Just Lunch (My Review)https://eddie-hernandez.com/its-just-lunch-review/

It’s Just Lunch Reviews https://www.yelp.com/biz/its-just-lunch-san-francisco-2

It’s Just Lunch Reviews LAhttps://www.yelp.com/biz/its-just-lunch-los-angeles

It’s Just Lunch Lawsuit https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/closed-settlements/930710-its-just-lunch-matchmaking-class-action-settlement/

It’s Just Lunch Refund Story https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/your-money/in-search-of-romance-but-settling-for-a-refund.html

It’s Just Lunch Review Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/OkCupid/comments/7j7y22/has_anyone_tried_its_just_lunch/

It’s Just Lunch vs Tawkify; Is It’s Just Lunch Legit?

Left Swipe Boston Facebook Group

Reference: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/03/07/lifestyle/theyve-been-ghosted-lied-worse-now-hundreds-boston-women-are-sharing-their-online-dating-horror-stories/

Swipe Left Boston Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/883752622321196

 

Online Dating App Reviews For Tinder, Hinge, The League, OkCupid, Bumble, Match & More

https://eddie-hernandez.com/category/dating-app-review/

 

Online Dating Guides, Dating App Blog, Online Dating FAQ’s, Online Dating Resources Free

How To Write A Good Dating Profile – eddie-hernandez.com/good-dating-profile-tips-to-stand-out/

Is Online Dating Worth It – https://eddie-hernandez.com/is-online-dating-worth-it/

Harsh Realities Of Dating Apps – https://eddie-hernandez.com/harsh-reality-of-online-dating/

Psychological Effects Of Online Dating – https://eddie-hernandez.com/psychological-effects-of-online-dating/

How To Spot Fake Online Dating Profiles – https://eddie-hernandez.com/how-to-spot-fake-profiles-on-dating-apps/

Manipulation While Dating & In Relationships – https://eddie-hernandez.com/signs-of-manipulation-in-dating-relationships/

Online Dating Red Flags – https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-red-flags/

How To Be Successful At Online Dating – https://eddie-hernandez.com/how-to-be-successful-with-online-dating/

Biggest Mistakes Women Make With Online Dating – https://eddie-hernandez.com/biggest-mistakes-women-make-on-dating-sites/

What Are The Rules, Etiquette Guide For Online Dating – https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-etiquette/

 

Online Dating Critique, Makeover For Men & Women

Strategy (App Choice + Timing + First Messages), Photo Critique, Bios + Prompts + Photo Captions, Wardrobe Feedback, Grooming Suggestions, Clothing & Hairstyle Recommendations, Body Language, Smiles, Etiquette & More For Men & Women.

-As seen in the NYT, WSJ & More

ADDITIONAL READING RELATED TO ONLINE DATING RESOURCES, ONLINE DATING HELP, DATING APP GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS, BEST DATING PODCASTS, BEST DATING GUIDE BOOKS, ONLINE DATING ADVICE, HELP

Should You Get Professional Dating Photos? https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-portrait-photography/

How To Write A Dating Profile: https://eddie-hernandez.com/how-to-write-an-online-dating-profile/

Why You Shouldn’t Outsource Your Dating Life: https://eddie-hernandez.com/why-you-should-not-outsource-your-dating-life/

The League Dating App Review: https://eddie-hernandez.com/the-league-dating-app-review/

Best Hinge Prompts: https://eddie-hernandez.com/best-hinge-questions/

Bumble Bio Examples: https://eddie-hernandez.com/a-list-of-best-bumble-bio-examples/

Are Paid Dating Apps Worth It: https://eddie-hernandez.com/dating-app-premium-features/

Which Dating Site Is Best For Serious Relationships: https://eddie-hernandez.com/best-dating-apps/

Biggest Mistakes Women Make On Dating Sites: https://eddie-hernandez.com/biggest-mistakes-women-make-on-dating-sites/

What Do Your Dating Profile Photos Signal? https://eddie-hernandez.com/what-do-your-dating-profile-photos-signal/

About Eddie Hernandez

Eddie Hernandez is a dating consultant for men & women and a professional photographer based in San Francisco, servicing clients in NYC, LA, Chicago, and beyond as seen in the NYT, WSJ, SFGate, ABC7News & more.

Previously an analytics professional and user of dating apps himself, he possesses unique insight into the inner workings of dating apps and user behavior. He provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice, image consulting, date planning, screening profiles, ID'ing red flags, and offline techniques for meeting people organically.

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