Hurrah, Instagram is no longer the Amaro-filtered domain of smug couples rubbing their #blessedness in your face. It is rapidly becoming the hottest new way to find a date, as singles use the social network in an elaborate mating ritual that involves likes, comments, strategic ‘@ing’, follows and follow backs before an IRL meet-up.
Here’s how to find love on Instagram
1. Find a crush
Don’t go for the obvious friend or even a friend-of-a-friend, delve deep into the Instagram rabbit hole of associated handles until you find a hottie.
2. Check they are single (#important)
Some entry-level social media investigations will quickly throw up the answer (NB, that girl pouting in every picture probably isn’t his sister) cross-reference on facebook to be sure.
3. Choose a picture to like
Concentrate, this gets complicated: You’re going to want to ‘like’ a shot from the previous week. This shows you are interested enough in them to have looked through a few of their pictures, but you are not CRAZY and have definitely not spent the past hour scrolling right back to 2013 (even if you have). Don’t just like a shot where he/she looks sexiest. In fact, my advice would be not to like a selfie at all at this stage. Go for a landscape or a food shot– ideally avocado on toast. This sends a friendly, unthreatening message. You like avocados too!!
4. Take it to the next level
Now’s the time to @ a mutual friend in a picture. This says, ‘hey, I’m cool, I have friends’, don’t accidentally @ your mum. This sends a confusing message.
5. Time to get serious
Wait a few days then like a selfie. Nothing says ‘hey good looking’ more.
6. Seal the deal
This is the moment to follow your crush. Make it official. Then wait…If the object of your affection is into you, he/she will respond with a strategic like or better, a comment on one of your photos. Be patient. You’re playing the long game. A follow back is the Instagram equivalent of giving someone your number. There is no clearer signal.
7. Take it offline
Waaaait. For god sake don’t send a direct message until you’ve established some reciprocal emoji banter in the comments field. Arrange a date IRL ASAP FFS (we’re old fashioned like that). Just make sure you go somewhere Instagrammable. Avocados optional.