The thing I love most about Tinder is how straightforward the entire platform aims to be. Here to meet someone while you're traveling for the weekend? Write that in your bio and start swiping. Looking for a match who shares your taste in '90s alternative rock music? Connect your Spotify and show off your favorite bands. The app automatically connects your Facebook account so it also reveals any mutual connections — friends, pages, or interests — that you and potential matches share, as well as your job title. But how important is your job on Tinder?
Presumably, the goal of every profile is to give potential matches all the information they might need to predict whether or not they'll be compatible. But do you really need to know what someone does for a living to determine this?
According to Tinder, some people care quite a lot about job titles when swiping. In fact, certain job titles even tend to perform better on Tinder. For example, the most-swiped jobs for men are pilots, firefighters, and entrepreneurs. For women, entrepreneurs also attract a lot of attention, but so do physical therapists and interior designers.
For what it’s worth, I also pay attention to job titles on Tinder. And I have definitely swiped left on every wizard-in-training at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and every Level-I-Don’t-Care in Dungeons & Dragons. I’m also kind of annoyed when I strike up an interesting conversation about your listed profession, only to find out you quit three years ago to start your own podcast. Even if I’m not looking for anything serious, I’d still like to know you leave your house every morning or, you know, at least get out of bed to do something remotely productive. To me, it’s a sign of good character; so, yes, I do look at your listed job title on Tinder. I'm that person.
But how do men feel about women’s job titles on their Tinder profiles? Does it play as significant a role for them as it does for me? I asked six men what they think about women's jobs on Tinder and here’s what they had to say.
These guys don't care at all, but they have the best reason.
I don’t pay attention to it and it doesn’t affect how I swipe because a job doesn’t define a person.
— James, 27
It doesn’t affect my decision, but I look. I’ll give everyone a chance.
— Ryan, 30
This guy also does not care.
Honestly, I don’t notice it unless it’s something really strange. And it rarely affects my swiping.
— Tyler, 26
This guy has one condition. I knew I wasn't the only one!
As long as it's not Hogwarts, I'm down.
— Shawn, 22
This guy pays attention because, seriously, he's not looking to be the frog to your princess.
I look at it. When someone has 'princess' or something similar listed as a profession, it’s an automatic Left Swipe for me. Having a real job doesn’t guarantee a responsible person, but my chances are better that the woman has her life somewhat together.
— Joseph, 26
This guy means business.
I consider it. I’m a career-oriented person and her career choice, whether it’s just a job or an actual profession, matters to me. It helps me determine how seriously I take her.
— Nicholas, 26
It's unlikely that your job is the first thing, much less the only thing, your potential matches look at when they come across your profile. If it’s listed on there, they’ll probably use it more as an auxiliary tool — to get a better idea of who you are — rather than an ultimate deal breaker. And if your Tinder match asks you to tell him more about what you do for a living, that’s a good sign. It shows that he’s interested in getting to know you.
Although glancing at someone's job title might be helpful in gaining some quick insight into their lives, it's not always the best indicator of someone's personality. Who knows? That financial accountant might be the funniest, most spontaneous person you've never met. Don't be too quick to judge!
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