If you ever wondered if LinkedIn can be used as a dating website, you are not alone. Many people use social media as a dating tool to meet new people and find that special someone. It can be a better option than using a dating website, which can come with as many disappointments as there are benefits. There seem to be so many obvious choices out there for dating sites that thinking of LinkedIn as one seems ridiculous.
It may seem like an odd choice, but there has been an increase in a number of users who are using LinkedIn for dating in recent years. This increase in usage and a number of people who have said that they met their current significant other on LinkedIn has people wondering if it really can be used as a dating website.
So Does LinkedIn Work For Dating?
Did YOU know?
1) Only 9 percent of women and 2 percent of men found a relationship at a bar or club
2) 38% of singles are using online dating
3) One in six marriages now begin online
The short answer to this question is “yes,” but with a few stipulations. The effectiveness of LinkedIn being used as a dating website hinges on a person’s familiarity with the site and how they use it. It was originally designed as a way to connect professionals with other professionals and this is still its main function. It’s also a lot more cleaned up than other social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, so you’re less likely to find unflattering stuff like drunken pics.
If you’re thinking about using LinkedIn for dating or are a bit unsure as to how it can be done, then read on to learn about why it can work as a dating website.
Its Network is HUGE
LinkedIn is one of the largest social networks out there and it’s only getting bigger. It boasts members from over 200 countries and, at last count, the site estimated that it had over 400 million members. That’s a massive variety of people that you may not have access to on your own or through a dating website. It’s also easy to search based on filters, which can be a huge benefit if you are looking to date someone within the same industry or area as you, or possibly through mutual connections.
It’s Less Sketchy
A big perk about LinkedIn is that it’s full of professionals. You’re less likely to encounter someone who’s a little (or a lot) sketchy like you could on other dating sites. The information on their profile is put there with the intent to impress others, usually potential employers. A lot of that information can be backed up by their connections, which can add to a person’s credibility.
You Can Learn A LOT from Profiles
Honesty is the best policy when trying to appeal to potential employers, so a lot of LinkedIn’s users will be very honest with the content posted on their profile. People lying on their profiles is very common on dating websites and can be incredibly annoying and potentially dangerous. The info that LinkedIn gathers about their users can be tricky to interpret if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, but it can be quite helpful once you do. Take work history, for example. Multiple jobs, all over the place and in a short period of time can be a red flag about their commitment or reliability that you might not pick up on through a traditional dating website.
It Works Like Some Dating Sites
On most dating sites, you can see who has viewed your profile and when. LinkedIn has this feature as well, although it was originally intended to help see what potential employers are checking out your profile. However, it won’t give you the full information about them, mostly it’ll just be their name unless they are one of your connections on the site. You can use the information it does give you to search for them and check out their profile or pay for the site’s premium service to get their full info.
The bulk of LinkedIn’s features come at zero cost to you as the user. A lot of dating websites will carry additional fees in order to use most of their services, which can get pricey after a while. There are a few features that you can pay to get on LinkedIn, but they are usually the premium versions of ones that you already have access to or really can’t be used for dating.
It’s App Works like Tinder
Not too long ago, LinkedIn launched an app that is a lot like Tinder. It’s called LinkedUp and it easily synchronizes to your LinkedIn account for no added charge. Using your phone’s GPS, it lets you know what users are nearby based on things like connections, profession, and physical location. You can narrow down the listings with filters for industry, age, gender, and job. The app also encourages users who make a connection through the app to chat automatically.