In a city that is appearance-focused and occasionally shallow, no one is likely to be surprised to learn that many Dallas daters lie about their particulars on their dating profiles. When you’re trying to score a date, it’s easy enough to gloss over that five (or 15) pounds you’ve gained, the fact that you’re kind of short or that you’re an amphibious alien. But according to a new study by dating app Zoosk, Dallas is actually one of the most “authentic dating cities” in the country.
In a release sent by Zoosk last week, the app found that Dallasites don’t have any problem participating in the app’s “verified photo” program. To verify one’s dating profile photo, you upload a short video that is compared with the photo that you’ve submitted. Once you’ve uploaded your video and they’ve guaranteed that you are, in fact, not an amphibious alien, you’ll get a little “verified” badge next to the profile picture, which assures the world that you won’t transform into Sigourney Weaver’s worst nightmare on a blind first date.
Interestingly enough, “verifying” your dating profile might actually make you more likely to score, at least on Zoosk. An analysis found that users with verified photos get three times as many “hey sup” messages than those whose photos haven’t been inspected. The verification process is especially beneficial for women, who receive five times as many messages and more than 20 percent more responses from thirsty dudes than their unverified counterparts. Considering that men’s number one dating fear is that their potential match will be fat, this verification process is likely incredibly important to these shallow bastards.
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Men with verified photos, on the other hand, receive only 1.5 times more messages than women, which very well could be attributed to the fact that women take a few minutes to peruse through a potential partner’s dating profile before shooting off that first message. Unlike men, women fear most that their potential online dating match could be a serial killer, so perhaps presumed genuineness and a non-creepy vibe are at least somewhat more important than a six-pack or perfectly chiseled jaw.