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Tinder users reveal what gives them the ‘ick’ while online dating

Unable to find love the conventional way over the last year, singletons have turned to online dating apps to meet someone during the pandemic. 

But with an abundance of potential suitors available at the push of a button, it can be difficult for singletons to know how to stand out, and how to get that all important swipe right. 

To mark International Women’s Day, Four young Tinder users from across the UK have revealed what exactly they look for in a prospective partner, from a witty profile bio to photos showing off your passions.

They also revealed what gives them the ‘ick’ in a potential date, including posting selfies, showing off how much they can lift or how good they are at sport and describing their match as ‘not like other girls’. 

Other pet peeves include making boring small talk ‘passive aggressive’ comments in their bio and just being rude to the women they’re chatting with. 

Momo, 21, London 

Momo, 21, from London, swipes left if a boy is showing off about himself and hates it when they leave passive aggressive comments in their profile bio 

What do you look for in a date? ‘Someone I can be totally myself around and know I can talk to for hours on end, and be in comfortable silence with’. 

What are your turn-ons? ‘Boys with a great sense of humour are great because I love a man who can keep me laughing.

‘I love it when a boy owns a dog as it opens up such a sweet side of them plus you get to see pictures of a cute puppy whenever you want’.

What are your turn-offs? ‘I don’t mind a little sarcasm every now and then but using overly mean humour is just going make me not want to tell you things. 

‘Boys who try too hard to impress me are also a massive ick, I’m not really that interested in how much you can squat or how good you are at football – I want to see the real authentic you.’ 

Any immediate red flags? ‘The phrase ‘Don’t swipe right if you’re not going to talk’. Guys like that come off as passive aggressive to me and make me feel like there’s a lot of pressure on my part for the interaction to go well.’ 

What are you looking for in a potential date’s profile? ‘Someone who looks like fun – So loads of pictures with friends, family, at parties (pre-Covid of course) and on holidays that show me how fun you are to be around and hang out with. 

‘A fun bio with an original joke is great too because it tells me more about your personality.’  

Ella, 21, Bristol  

Ella, 21, from Bristol, is looking for confidence and intelligence in a partner, and can't stand it when potential dates post selfies on their profile

Ella, 21, from Bristol, is looking for confidence and intelligence in a partner, and can’t stand it when potential dates post selfies on their profile 

What do you look for in a date? To have fun and just enjoy myself. Dating should be fun and not a chore.’

What are your turn-ons? ‘Someone who asks questions and wants to find out about me, and who I really am. 

Confidence, intelligence, interesting (someone who does a lot of things, has hobbies and is passionate about something).’

What are your turn-offs? Arrogance, ignorance, only talking about themselves’. 

Any immediate red flags? ‘If they only care about themselves and do not care about anyone else.’ 

What are you looking for in a potential date’s profile? Pictures of them having fun/doing whatever hobbies they have. NO SELFIES! Selfies are my worst nightmare. I would always swipe left!’

LeeAnn, 20, Exeter 

LeeAnn, 20, from Exeter admitted she hates mundane small talk on dating apps and can't stand it when men use the phrase 'you are not like other girls'

LeeAnn, 20, from Exeter admitted she hates mundane small talk on dating apps and can’t stand it when men use the phrase ‘you are not like other girls’

What do you look for in a date? An outgoing, self assured person who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

‘Someone who understands sarcasm, as it seems to be my love language. I love it when someone can carry a conversation but is not afraid of silence’. 

What are your turn-ons? ‘A sense of humour – if I cannot laugh with someone I find it very hard to form a connection. Being passionate about something, seeing someone talk about something they love/care about is just so endearing. 

‘Also, a good sense of style, being able to take care of yourself, as I just enjoy when someone is put together.’

What are your turn-offs? ‘Being rude, arrogant and disrespectful. When they don’t laugh at my jokes (hurts my ego). Small talk just because it is so mundane. Willing ignorance on big issues is a big one.’

Any immediate red flags? ‘The statement ‘you are not like other girls’, as I am very much like other girls. Or if they are rude or condescending, essentially lacking manners is never a good sign.’ 

What are you looking for in a potential date’s profile?  Funny, witty bio or an interesting fact about themselves. I like when they have a combination of photos, solo and in a group.

‘When the photos can tell you something about their personality, for example they are sporty, or they like to laugh or travel etc. I always look for a smile, I cannot resist a warm smile.’ 

Ali, 22, Cork 

Ali, 22, from Cork, wants someone who is confident and has a good sense of humour but hates it when men are disrespectful on dating apps

Ali, 22, from Cork, wants someone who is confident and has a good sense of humour but hates it when men are disrespectful on dating apps 

What do you look for in a date? ‘For a first date, something casual and public, where it’s easy to hear each other and we can sit down and relax is perfect. In terms of what I get out of the date, just enjoying myself and having a laugh is all I look for.’ 

What are your turn-ons? ‘Someone who is confident, going in for the hug when they see me is key (In non-Covid times). 

‘Someone with a good sense of fashion and a great conversationalist, they’d ask me questions to really get to know me and listen’.

What are your turn-offs? ‘Disrespect is a big no from me. Rude comments would be a huge turn off and anything that creates an uncomfortable situation’.  

What are you looking for in a potential date’s profile? ‘Pictures with friends are key for me to show that they enjoy being social. 

‘A good joke in the bio will always catch my eye. Something like, ‘so you’re telling me a shrimp fried this rice?’ is a personal fave of mine.’ 


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