happn has published a traffic light guide to dating terminology, which is designed to help users recognise what potential matches really mean when they post popular phrases in their profile bios.
The dating app lists five phrases that are potential red flags, that either indicate the user is looking for a hookup, or they’re just using lazy and cringey cliches. These include “I’m all about that Netflix & chill” and “Live, laugh, love like this second is your last”.
There are also five amber phrases that suggest daters should proceed with caution because the other user could potentially have some problematic traits.
Finally, there are the green statements which show when a user is looking for a serious relationship. This is when they make optimistic statements about the future, such as looking for a holiday partner, someone to move in with or a co-parent for their dog.
happn’s dating expert Ipek Kucuk said in a statement: “The world of online dating is a challenge. Whether you’re new to the scene or more experienced than you want to be, reading between the lines can sometimes be quite the task.
“We’re halfway through 2021 now, and life for singles is tough – in fact, many are feeling a little out of practice! We know that two-thirds of happners haven’t been on a date yet this year due to FODA (Fear Of Dating Again), so if our guide can ease those anxieties even a little, then hopefully we can encourage singles to enjoy dating again.”
While the guide has some good suggestions, it is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and bring a smile to the faces of singles when they think about dating again.
happn is preparing to launch a new audio feature next month, but is yet to release any specific updates about how it will work.
Visit the happn website here.