Here’s Why Tinder Men Think Their Fish Pics Will Lure Us In

Here’s Why Tinder Men Think Their Fish Pics Will Lure Us In

Wading through the murky waters of finding social justice-oriented men who can manage more than “hey, beautiful” as a first message is too precarious reddit Waco hookup.

And I thought maybe I noticed this bizarre trend only because I’m vegetarian. Or because I find sport hunting atrocious. Or – I don’t know – because I have no understanding of or affinity for straight, white, male culture. But no. It’s not just me.

According to a 2018 survey by Fishbrain (um, it’s a social media platform for fishers?), 1 in 10 men in San Francisco hold fish in their Tinder profile pics. In New York, it’s 1 in 20. In Florida? A whopping 1 in 5 men feature a fishy buddy in their profiles.

But every once in a while, after weeks of Tinder telling me I’ve run out of folks to swipe on, I open up my settings to men

Well, let’s start with understanding the science behind mate attraction and selection. “Mate attraction” refers to why and how we’re drawn to other people; “mate selection” is why and how we choose partners.

Much of how science looks at these two related phenomena is based in evolutionary biology and psychology. That is, why have we developed interest in certain traits over time, and how does that help propagate the species?

But sociology also plays an important role in who we find attractive and decide to date. So let’s take a look at how these overlap.

If you have even just a cursory understanding of evolution, you’re probably looking at your laptop or smartphone right now like, “Duh, girl, it’s about providing.” And you’re right!

The concept of provision – the idea that someone can supply something practical for our use – can be seen all over dating apps if you really look. That suped-up car, fancy jewelry, or business suit? Continue reading “Here’s Why Tinder Men Think Their Fish Pics Will Lure Us In”