There are a lot of people on planet Earth. Over 7 billion people. Hooking up has become one of the primary ways people engage face-to-face. Lots of people, both men and women, talk about hooking up among their close friends. Sometimes individually, sometimes in a group chat to get bragging rights.
Maxim teamed up with an app to study just how much people, particularly millennials, talk about hooking up in today’s digital age of connecting with people. Analyzing the group chats of over 200,000 communication app users, it was found that over a third of millennials talk about hookups in group chats at least once a week. At least. That could mean some people talk about it once a day. Maybe even 50 times a day. 5,084 times a day. Who knows?
When it comes to emojis, the one most often associated with dating apps isn’t the eggplant, as it turns out. Surprising, right? However, it is in the top five.
The number 1 dating app emoji is the heart-eyes-face taking over 16% of messages, then the winky face at 14%, the angry arms-crossed emoji at 11%, the robust eggplant at only 6%, followed by the red lips with 5%. The butt-shaped peach is down the list somewhere too, don’t worry.
One of the more surprising findings is that apparently, men seem to talk about dating apps with their buddies in group chats a lot more than women do. It turns out that of all the times a dating app was mentioned in the analysis, 79% of the time it was men who were talking about it, leaving women talking about dating apps a lot less at just 21% of the time.
It was also revealed that men really like to use certain slightly juvenile words, like each time the word “bang” was used (as in, “I’m going to bang that chick”) 92% of the time it was said by a bro. Same with “bone,” with guys saying it 96% of the time, and “dtf,” which was said by men 88% of the time. So yeah, the ladies have a more sophisticated texting vocabulary. So what.
Pay attention to the language you encounter throughout meeting new people in new places. By the first Encounter date you go on, you should know what someone’s intentions are based on their body language and verbiage.
With all of the hookups and emojis, we want Encounter to focus on people who are looking for long-term companionship. Short term needs satisfy short-term goals. Long-term needs satisfy long-term goals.