"Cuffing season" refers to that period when singles begin looking for partnerships and find themselves "cuffed' by a serious relationship to pass the colder months of the year. (Yes, it's a real thing.) And after a year and a half of Covid lockdowns, with vaccinations slowly on the rise, this season is looking to be the biggest yet. Craving human interaction and a desire to reconnect, many singles are going back to their dating apps to find that special someone...you know, until the weather gets a little warmer. 🤣
Andrea McGinty of the website 33,000 datesis a professional dating coach with 25 years of experience who knows a thing or two about finding that right person to snuggle with during the winter months. And with more and more people swiping right these days, Andrea has some helpful tips for cleaning up your dating profile so you can boldly enter the dating marketplace this cuffing season. Read on!
If you are on one dating app, you may think of adding another. Most singles explore 2-3 apps at the same time once they get serious about dating. Nothing wrong with it; it improves the odds of finding that special someone.
Don’t send hearts/likes without a message. It's...kind of poor form. Besides, you just totally wimped out and put the ball in your potential date’s courts. Be brave! Send a message, let them know what you think, and put yourself out there!
Don’t invite a first date for coffee. COFFEE is NOT romantic. It’s a cop out. Just where you want to be overheard on a first date – a crowded Starbucks. You don't have to go crazy or go overboard; just think a little different, that's all.
Fair or not, photos matter the most. We live in a visual society – selfies and old family photos won’t always do the trick! And if you don't have a photographer friend and don't want to pay the high cost of a pro, check out some work-for-hire photographer apps like Snappr or even just a general work-for-hire app like Thumbtack. They can be more cost effective than hiring a professional photographer, especially in major markets.
Also, post at least six different photos because one photo is suspicious! Your primary photo online must be a showstopper, while still being you.
Have a guide/cheerleader/consultant at your side to help ensure more success! We don’t mean your brother who met his girlfriend on Bumble, your mom (yikes!), your BFF, or your kids (double yikes!). A dating pro can do wonders!
Says dating consultant Andrea McGinty of 33000dates.com, "Considering that 1 out of 3 couples in 2020 met online, I direct my clients to the platform best suited for them based on likes, age, interests, geo area, and more. There has been an increase in people looking for long term relationships. When the lockdowns ended, people went to see their families and travel. But now, singles are focusing on themselves. Doing the market research on which sites have the type of singles YOU are looking for, plus knowing the strength of certain platforms and the breakdowns of male versus females is important, with over 1,400 dating apps/sites out there.”
Happy cuffing!!! ❤️❤️❤️
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More about Andrea McGinty:
As a dating coach and divorcee, Andrea helps singles navigate the online dating scene and crafts winning dating profiles, building confidence with expert advice along the way with her coaching services. Before online dating, Andrea McGinty was the original founder of the matchmaking service It’s Just Lunch in 1991, where she played a part in over 4,200 marriages and 33,000 dates and sold the $80 million company with 110 locations worldwide. 33000Dates.com began when the Internet dating scene exploded and Andrea’s clients and loved ones had no idea how to work the system in a positive way. Andrea specializes in dating after divorce or death, dating in your 30’s-60’s, dating during COVID, virtual dating, when and how to meet in person, dating tips, as well as do’s and don'ts.