Do Tinder Girls Want GIFs? Here's What Your Match Really Thinks Of Your Message

I don't often feel bad for guys (the patriarchy seems pretty sweet for them!), but I do occasionally get twinges of guilt whenever I open up a dating app. I know that it must be frustrating to almost always send the first message on Tinder. I know any person of any gender can initiate contact, but only 9.8 percent of men say women should send the first message, according to Tinder. Men typically reach out first. And when they do, they sometimes try to stand out by sending GIFs instead of actual words. But do Tinder girls want GIFs?

I see a lot of reasons to send a GIF. Remember when you read the Harry Potter series for the first time, and all their portraits and newspaper photos moved, and it seemed like the coolest thing ever? We're basically all living at Hogwarts now. Your choice of GIF broadcasts your sense of humor and what kind of pop culture you're into, all without you saying a word. It can be funny or sweet or sassy.

Plus, hard stats back up their use: On Tinder, people who use GIFs are 30 percent more likely to get a response, and are more likely to have conversations that last twice as long, the dating app tells Elite Daily.

But despite that, once I started asking around about GIF usage, I found something surprising — they're not necessarily a slam dunk. It's not like you send a hilarious GIF and boom, you're suddenly hooking up or in love or whatever you're using Tinder for. They require a little strategy.

Here's what women really think of those little moving pictures — and how you can make the most of them.

Some people think they're lazy conversation starters, so don't deploy one instead of a greeting.

— Riya, 18

Seriously. Hold off for a sec.

— Haley, 22

And don't resort to GIFs as an alternative to keeping up an actual conversation.

— Maura, 27

Make sure the GIF is relevant to the convo.

— Julia, 19

Use them sparingly.

— Linda, 21

It's not all bad news! Remember, people DO think they're cute!

— Emily, 26


— Novella, 28

Just don't be gross, please.

— Katherine, 25

And you know what? If you want to send one right off the bat, go for it. The right person will think it's cute.

— Caitlin, 28

And ladies, just in case you're curious, here's what gents really think of that hilarious GIF you're considering sending back.

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