Technology really has found ways to streamline our lives when it comes to feeling like shit about yourself. In just one single swipe, you can have all of your self-esteem vanish! Who doesn't love that?
Dating apps are a great way to get strangers to judge you based off of superficial criteria. You have limited space to pitch yourself, and does the information you include on yourself even matter anyways? It feels like the other person is going to swipe right or left based off of how hot your photo is.
But according to a study conducted by dating app Hinge, you should sweat the small stuff. As it turns out, something that you thought was only a conversation ice breaker affects your potential of finding love and happiness. Oh cool! We totally needed dating to be more stressful!
Hinge analyzed data from their users and found out that where you went to school makes more of a difference than you ever thought. So getting into a good school doesn't just affect your chances of getting a good job. It also affects your chances of getting Jesse, 26, five miles away from swiping right on you.
Got a degree? Then show off the goods. Hinge found that the users who listed their education were 16 percent more likely to get a like. Why not take it a step further and post a photo of you holding your degree? Oh, because that's extra? Yeah, that makes sense.
As it turns out, where you went to school matters as much as if you went to school or not. Hinge found that Southern girls had more fun. Women who attended schools located in the South had more likes. A lot of people are hungry for GRITS.
Women, on the other hand, prefer their men to have their pedigrees from Yankee states. Men who went to liberal arts colleges, largely located in the Northeast, got more likes. Ladies love a liberal arts eduction!
Like attracts like, especially when it comes to education. Hinge found that users were twice as likely to date people who matriculated at the same institution of higher learning as them. Let's face it, there's no better pickup line than, "Go Violets!"
Hinge also found that school rivalry runs deep. People who went to rival schools were less likely to date each other. But honestly, can we blame them? Nobody wants a Romeo and Juliet situation in their life.
Because we live in the information age, Hinge created handy graphics to explain all of this information. Just in case you didn't go to college. Colby College scored the highest when it comes to most sought after men.
Hinge also found that some schools date other schools in some weird cross pollination thing. Those who went to the University of Colorado Boulder were more likely to date people who went to Fordham University. It's almost like a student exchange program, but with dating.
Incestuous much? University of Souther California alumni were the most likely to date people from the same school. In that case, why are you trying to meet people on Hinge instead of at an alumni function?