In a world filled with dating apps, it’s overwhelming to think it could be your picture standing between you and the future love of your life.
So what’s a guy to do to make sure his snap catches the eye of the ladies?
Pose with a tiger, apparently.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the big cats are all the rage on dating sites, especially location-based match machine Tinder, where “users estimate they encounter tigers in one out of every 10 profiles they view.”
There’s even a popular Tumblr — Tinder Guys With Tigers — where people can submit the photos they see of men exercising this new trend.
28-year-old Nate Levin told The WSJ that the photo he uploaded of himself with his arm slung around a Bengal tiger was the money shot, explaining that women seem to love travellers.
But when interest from the opposite sex would wane after a date or two, it wasn’t because of him, “it was because of the tiger.”
“I had no idea that it was a trend,” he told The WSJ.
Women, on the other hand, are sick of the trend, likening a man with a photo of himself and a tiger to a man who uses mundane phrases in his profile like, “I love to laugh” or “family is very important to me.”
The anti-tiger backlash is in full swing on several dating sites — many users make comments on their profiles to indicate they don’t need a tiger photo to make an impression, while others are flocking to different animals, including lions, elephants and dolphins, to stand out.
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