Pick­ing up a guy isn’t lim­ited to Tinder any­more. Try do­ing it on In­sta­gram in­stead – at least you’ll get his back­story so you can de­cide if it’s worth chat­ting him up.

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Pick­ing up a guy isn’t lim­ited to Tinder any­more. Try In­sta­gram for his back­story.

Mak­ing the first move has long since stopped be­ing gen­der­spe­cific. And we’re to­tally for In­sta­gram when it comes to do­ing this. Well, at least un­til we check out Face­book’s new dat­ing fea­ture that’s yet to launch. See, with dat­ing pro­files, you only have a hand­ful of pic­tures (who knows when they were taken?) and a self-writ­ten bio to go on. Sure, In­sta­gram has its fair share of cu­ra­tion, but it’ll give you a bet­ter pic­ture of whether this is some­one you’d be down to date.

1. You’ll know a lot more about him Be­sides his own posts, you’ll see pho­tos his friends tag him in, how he re­sponds to his friends’ com­ments, and can spy on ac­counts he fol­lows. This isn’t stalk­ing, it’s be­ing smart. Some­times, it takes just 15 min­utes of dig­ging to re­alise that he’s not the guy you want to hang out with. It could take you weeks to get the same in­for­ma­tion if you meet on Tinder.

2. He’ll have sussed you out

No one re­sponds to mes­sages with­out first giv­ing the other per­son’s pro­file a once-over. So if he’s en­gag­ing you in con­ver­sa­tion, there’s a pretty high chance he’s al­ready done his re­search and likes what he’s seen. Think of it as less pres­sure to present the best ver­sion of your­self when you’re get­ting to know each other.

3. It’s eas­ier to catch him if he’s not be­ing up­front

He claims to be out with his par­ents and can’t meet you for din­ner – and then you see a story of him drink­ing with his mates. With social me­dia, there’s more ac­count­abil­ity. Yes, he can hold off the post­ing or block you from his sto­ries if he doesn’t want to be found out, but if he’s usu­ally big on social me­dia, an un­com­mon ab­sence on a Satur­day night could sig­nal some­thing’s a lit­tle off.

MIL­LEN­NIAL SPEAK: “We started dat­ing af­ter he slid into my DMs.” TRANS­LA­TION: “We started dat­ing af­ter he sent me a di­rect mes­sage on In­sta­gram and in­tro­duced him­self.”

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