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Jana Hocking: Problem with ‘simple’ Tinder trick

Jana Hocking: Problem with ‘simple’ Tinder trick

If you believe the research, there’s apparently a very simple trick to get more right-swipes on dating apps – all you need is a hound and a camera.

But in my experience, a puppy is not always the ultimate thirst-trap – it can sometimes be a massive hindrance to your love life.

According to a recent survey by Tinder, 59 per cent of Aussies admit to dating someone because they have a dog. Yep, and 45 per cent of swipers are more likely to swipe right on someone’s picture if they have a dog on their social media and dating app profiles.

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Now that’s all fine and well, but what if your dog is the devil. I’m not joking. I’ll set the scene for you … it’s the day of my 30th birthday and it’s safe to say I’m having a meltdown. Yes, I had listened to society’s standards and decided that 30 was OLD! How the heck did I get to this age without a partner, kids or any form of responsibility?

(Upon reflection it’s probably because I have a deep-seated fear of commitment, no maternal instincts for a child, and enjoy a rather hedonistic life, but 30-year old Jana hadn’t got the memo yet.)

So there I was, anxiously scanning pound websites looking for a pooch that would fill the void of turning 30 all on my lonesome.