Tinder users, listen up — never again do you have to feel stumped when composing a message to your match! As reported by Engadget, the app’s latest research finds that messages containing gifs are 30 percent more likely to get a response than plain text messages.
Tinder’s resident sociologist, Dr. Jess Carbino, told Engadget that GIFs serve to more easily break the ice in a new conversation because “people are very attracted to art and things that are visual.”
The app’s research also discovered that conversations incorporating GIFs lasted twice as long as plain text conversations.
Dr. Carbino explained that this is likely due to the fact that an individual’s GIF selection reveals a lot about that person’s sense of humor and pop culture interests. Your Tinder crush may discover your mutual love of Real Housewives shade, John Oliver’s criticism, or Beyoncé’s neckbreaking shimmies — and you’ll have instantly found common ground.
She says, “GIFs are a good way to assess compatibility and sense of humor.”
The moving images are also ~ageless~. The app’s users range from ages 18-61, yet GIFs are present in conversations of all age groups.
So next time your nerves get you tongue-tied, remember that a snippet of Drake dancing at his bar mitzvah may be all you need to find your one true love. <3