Why ask someone in person to go on a pizza date when you could save face and just send them a GIF of pizza instead?
Tinder in January released a major update that allows people to send GIFs to their matches, thanks to integration with GIF repository Giphy. So, if you can't quite muster the right words, you can send an animation to your next potential hookup. If you still lack creativity, Tinder surfaces which GIFs are currently trending. You can find GIFs on Tinder next to the text input box.
The dating app, which claims to have made 10 billion matches to date, said its GIFs feature is proving to be well popular, as more than 20 million GIFs have been sent around the world since launch. Tinder has also been playing close attention to how we're using them; it's now highlighting a list of the top 20 GIFs used. More interestingly, these are ranked based by highest response rates.
GIFs have taken over the internet, so it makes since they'd be a successful thing on dating apps too. They are reshaping how we communicate in the 21st century, and providing us with new, fun, and more expressive ways to let someone now we're interested in an era of online dating.
"When using GIFs on Tinder, it’s been found that conversations are an estimated 2x longer and GIF messages are 30 per cent more likely to receive a response than standard text-only messages," announced the service, while also singling out key findings, like that a Jimmy Fallon GIF is the No. 1 of all time on Tinder, followed by a GIF with Tiffani Thiessen from Saved By The Bell.
Amy Schumer also made the list twice with two GIFs. Other celebrities seen throughout the GIFs include Beyonce, Emma Stone, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, Rachel McAdams, Mike Meyers, and Chrissy Teigen.
Check them all out in the gallery above, and be sure to bookmark this page should you find yourself Tindering soon and in need of inspiration.