If you’re single and are using dating apps, finding a love match based on your social values is high on the dating totem pole. Many apps such as OkCupid, Bumble, Match, and Tinder now allow you to proudly display a pro-climate change or environmentalism badge in your list of interests in your profiles to show your support for the environment.
I spoke with San Francisco Examiner writer Jessica Wolfrom about this topic and the growing interest singles have in crucial issues such as voter rights, pro-choice, and gun control that are top of mind.
Five, 10 years ago, people were lying about their age, how much money they made,” said Julie Spira, an online dating expert. “They were trying to create this persona of something that was grandiose.
Michael Kaye, OkCupid’s Head of Global Communications, told the Examiner, “People who publicized their anxiety about the planet had 32% more conversations, received 44% more likes and racked up measurably more matches on OkCupid.”
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With the growing trend of singles looking for a meaningful relationship with in-person dating in full swing this summer, talking about how many countries you visited as a frequent traveler isn’t as appealing as indicating you care about issues plaguing our world.
It’s actually a sexy thing to care about the environment,” said Spira. “If somebody doesn’t care about our world, will they be a good match for you? And most people will say, no, they won’t.
The days of who you voted for seem to pale compared to questions including, are you a voter, what’s your position on women’s health, and how do you feel about gun control?
By adding one of these issues and including a climate change-related topic or badge to your dating profile, you’ll attract potential dates with the same concerns about global warming and environmental and weather changes. I believe that’s a good thing.
Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.