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Here’s what you need to know behind the art of swiping on someone.

On dating apps, people often make very quick decisions about whether to select a profile that looks interesting or to skip over it. Now, researchers have identified two major factors that compel people to “swipe right” on certain profiles and reject others: physical attraction and the need to identify with people similar to ourselves.

A glance at the profile, a quick look at the photo then swipe left if you’re not interested – all in the space of just a few seconds. Anyone who has surfed on dating apps will probably recognise this process. But what’s happening in our brains when we’re deciding whether a profile is worth pursuing or not?

Researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Maryland in the USA set out to explore the underlying factors at play when people make these ultra-fast decisions. To do this, the study authors carried out two experiments. The first focused on college students, while the second focused on adults averaging 35 years old. Participants could choose to either view profiles of men or women, depending on their dating preferences.

According to their findings, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, two key criteria appear to influence people’s selection of unknown potential love interests on dating apps. Unsurprisingly, the first is based on the photo and the physical attraction felt towards a person.

The second criteria proved more surprising. According to the study, people tended (with varying degrees of consciousness) to choose people similar to themselves, more precisely, people with the same ethnic origin or skin colour.

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“Also surprising was just how little everything beyond attractiveness and race mattered for swiping behaviour – your personality didn’t seem to matter, how open you were to hook-ups didn’t matter, or even your style for how you approach relationships or if you were looking short- or long-term didn’t matter,” explain the study authors.

These results are even more surprising since they may convey certain discriminations: “profiles of users of colour were rejected more often than those of white users,” the researchers note.

The researchers also observed that male participants, on average, swiped right more often than women. They also found that individuals who perceive themselves to be more attractive swipe left more often overall, proving pickier when it comes to selecting potential partners.

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