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Tinder reveals TV co-watching as the newest dating trend

We love a bit of swiping action on Tinder, especially when we’re stuck at home and bored out of our minds. With more time spent at home over the past few months, online daters have understandably been searching for innovative, socially-distanced ways to host first virtual dates. Out of this emerged the ultimate lockdown dating trend: TV co-watching or ‘TV show-mancing’ as some call it, which is, you guessed it, a date consisting of the virtual co-watching of a TV show.

Research released by Tinder has confirmed the rise of this trend, as one in five 18 to 25-year-olds virtually watched shows together for a first date during the last lockdown. With Netflix consistently trending on the dating app as one of the popular ‘passions’ of UK users, we can only imagine why TV show-mancing is such a hit this year.

Obviously, TV co-watching is one of the best COVID-friendly date ideas, and apparently, it’s a successful one too! According to the research, 17 per cent of those who virtually watched TV together bagged a second date.

If you’re the type of person that likes spoiling a show, then perhaps steer clear of TV co-watching as 25 per cent of those asked would avoid ever discussing shows with you again in the future. 1 in 10 even admitted that they wouldn’t hesitate to ditch you altogether, so take notes, and keep quiet.

Tinder’s study also revealed the most datable TV characters based on the personality traits that gen Zers are looking for in a potential match. The top 10 TV characters were as follows:

1. Connell from 'Normal People': emotional, intelligent and sensitive

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Drip, drip, drip #connellschain 💦

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2. Fleabag from 'Fleabag': sarcastic, quick witted and quirky

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3. Maeve from 'Sex Education': sarcastic, witty and occasionally irrational

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4. Harvey Specter from 'Suits': intelligent, successful and well-groomed

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Harvey. Specter. That’s all. 🔥

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5. Nathan from 'Misfits': extroverted, quirky and a joker

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"I have a power, I know, I can feel it in my balls!" #misfits #misfitsuk #nathanyoung #robertsheehan #quotes #series1

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6. Phoebe from 'Friends': musical, quirky and funny

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What an inconvenience!

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7. Emily from 'Emily in Paris': sweet, flirty and naive

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2020 deserves it’s own breaking crème brûlée session

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8. Monica from 'Friends': tidy, practical and a good cook

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Folders and files!

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9. Daenerys from 'Game of Thrones': feisty, fiery and empowering

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10. Rue from 'Euphoria': free spirited, adventurous and impulsive

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rules making me feel too many things !!!

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At the other end of the scale, while Rachel from Friends might have been winning in the wardrobe department, she was the least popular TV character and voted as someone users would swipe left on—ouch.

49 per cent of those surveyed said that TV and movie preferences are so important that they are not willing to compromise with a potential partner on these, so make sure you take note of your new match’s favourite shows in order to ensure TV show-mancing success.

Along with having TV and movies in common, 74 per cent said that they wouldn’t settle for someone who had different political beliefs to them, or an unequal passion for the environment and sustainability. Now we’re talking about real deal-breakers!

Top 15 of the best dirty pick up lines

Best pick up lines

For new gens, cringey pick up lines made by self-assured men at a bar are but a reality strictly seen in 90s movies. But where OK Boomers associate pick up lines with sketchy bars, new gens associate them with dating apps. We’ve all had one (at least) sent to us. And let’s be honest, some of us have also sent an occasional one to some hot match, too.

When it comes to sparking a conversation with a stranger on an app, pick up lines come in handy—or at least are the easiest, and sometimes worst, way to get that convo flowing. And as virtual conversations on dating apps are currently rising by the millions, with Bumble recording a 26 per cent increase in sent messages in New York alone, more and more ingenious pick up lines are showing up on our radar. That’s why we decided to deep dive through the many pick up lines we’ve seen, from funny pick up lines and dirty ones to lame and cringey ones, and created a compilation of the best pick up lines ever.

COVID-19 pick up lines

As sensitive of a topic the COVID-19 pandemic can be, it’s also good to laugh at the gravity of the situation. It seems like many people using dating apps have already seen the potential in coronavirus pick lines. Here are 5 of the best ones we’ve received:

“Should I spell it COVI-19 or do you want the D?”

“Is that ass a ventilator? Because it’s giving me life right now.”

“Is heaven your quarantine zone? Because you look like an angel.”

“I’m just a girl, standing 6 feet away from a boy, asking him to maybe move back another foot. Thanks.”

“Are you a pandemic? Because you’ve got my heart on lockdown.”

Dirty pick up lines

Dirty pick up lines are a risky move. Very few people will appreciate receiving one as a conversation starter, but the ones who dare to use them seriously and successfully deserve a lot of respect.

“Down to wine and 69 if you’re up to drink whiskey and get frisky.”

“Your pics got me hard but your bio made me cum.”

“Have you got home insurance? ‘Cause I’m gonna smash your back door in.”

“Are you a chicken farmer? Because you sure know how to raise a cock.”

“Are you a haunted house? Because I’m going to scream when I’m in you.”

Extra cringey pick up lines

If you ask us, most pick up lines are cringey but sometimes, you get lucky (or unlucky) and end up receiving an extra cringey one. Here are a few of the cringiest pick up lines out there:

“Is your name Earl Grey? Because you look like a hot-tea!”

“If you and I were socks we’d make a great pair.”

“I’m glad I brought my library card with me, ‘cause girl I am checking you out.”

“Do I know you? You look like my next girlfriend… 🙊”

“Let’s play Barbie. I’ll be Ken and you can be the box I come in.”

Horney lines that don’t have any context

These ones aren’t real pick up lines, but they’re conversation starters that made us laugh because of how random and weird they sound. Enjoy!

“Out of all the animals in the world, which would you eat its ass?”

“You look like a serial killer.”

“Hello, I’m filth.”

“I have coke and you can call me daddy if you like.”


Pick up lines are very much still part of dating culture, however, new gens have realised how to use them in different ways, without giving them too much credibility or importance. Sending your newest match one horney pick up line as a conversation starter might not sound like the best idea, but, if done the right way, it could be seen as a charming and funny joke.

With the important part that dating apps took in our dating lives came the overflow of boring chats. ‘Hey lovely’ and ‘What’s up?’ are not enough anymore—everyone deserves a bit more than that—pick up lines can sometimes represent that extra effort.

So, what are you waiting for? Try your luck, try to start a conversation with a pick up line (you get some extra points if you use a COVID-19 one).