The Best and Worst Tinder Bios (Case Study)

Your Tinder bio isn’t the most important aspect of your profile, but our favorite 2016 study, published in Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, demonstrated that men receive over four times as many matches from women when they provide a bio versus when they leave their bio blank. Here's a look at the best vs worst Tinder bio you can have.

 The Best and Worst Tinder Bios (Case Study) with real examples.

Your bio serves another important function besides the obvious: it gives her a reason to message you first, which is what tends to happen when your bio is that good.

Your bio also provides a crucial first taste of your personality and a jumping off point for potential conversation.

After reading, you’ll know how to put together a strong bio that’ll result in more matches, more messages, and more Tinder dates or hookups.

Tinder Bio Infographic

If you want to find out the 3 secret ingredients for a winning Tinder bio, you're going to love this infographic. After you check it out, we'll dive in with more real examples.

 Learn what Makes the Perfect Tinder Bio with this in-depth Infographic.

The Best Tinder Bios are Concise.

Your Tinder bio is no place to tell your life’s story, and no one’s going to read your novel before deciding to like or message you.

Every girl on Tinder has a ton of options, so the ideal Tinder bio is at most 3 or 4 sentences. This is enough to give her a taste of who you are without boring her to death.


The Best

 Short Tinder Bio

The Worst

 Long Tinder Bio

You can see exactly what I mean in these two bios.

The Tinder bio on the right is boring just to look at, while the bio on the left is light, fun, and almost certainly results in 200% more butt touching.

He’s also doing a decent job of showing his sense of humor, which follows our next piece of advice:

Show don’t tell

Almost every Tinder bio I’ve ever seen could benefit from this one simple creative writing axiom: show, don’t tell. We've written about this topic at length, which you can read here.

Meaning: rather than telling someone what your interests are, you should use your bio to show who you are.

Still don’t get it? Here…

Let’s say that you’re really into Chinese tea and dad humor. Rather than saying “I’m really into Chinese tea and dad humor,” (which is telling), you can show this by saying something like, “If you’re into Chinese Tea, we might really get oolong.”

Too cheesy? Let’s say you’re a world traveler. Don’t tell her, “I love to travel,” Instead, show her, by saying something like “I’m equally comfortable with a PBR at a dive or snake wine in Hanoi.”

Here’s the reason why this is important: imagine meeting a person and right off they bat they tell you how smart they are.

They might actually be smart, but probably not. After all, they wouldn’t need to tell you that, you’d learn it by listening to them saying smart things.

Here are a couple real bios that mention travel.

 Another Bad Tinder Bio
 A Better Tinder Bio Example

Somewhere in the overly long bio on the left he tells us, “I’ve been around the world and back, ask me about it,” while the right bio shows this by saying “coolest thing I have ever done: meditate with monks in the mountains of Chiang Mai.”

That left bio also blandly tells us that he “lives for live music.” How boring is that? What if he tried, “my ears are perpetually ringing from last night’s show,” instead. Here’s another example:

 Tinder Bio Example

By saying, “broken my nose, twice, in the pit,” this bio shows us not only that he likes live music, but that he specifically likes heavy music.

And even further that he’s not afraid to get down and dirty in a mosh pit.

When you show, instead of telling, you can communicate much more information in a much more succinct way. This bio also demonstrates the value of following our last piece of advice,

Take Risks with your Bio

If you just follow the advice above, you’ll already be doing a better job than most men, but if you really want to stand out, take a risk in your bio.

The guy above takes a risk by jokingly calling himself “a Grammy award winning Karaoke artist,” as well as by making a specific reference to mosh pits.

 Funny risks in your Tinder bio

This bio takes a huge risk by being incredibly sarcastic throughout; describing working out as “picking up heavy things and putting them down repeatedly,” boxing as “getting punched in the face competitively,” and claiming that he’s 4’7” and has had 13 divorces and 94 kids.

When you take a risk, some girls won’t get the joke or the reference.

But the return is worth it; your bio will stand out amidst everyone else’s horribly monotonous bios, and when girls do get what you’re doing, they’ll be way more engaged with you right off the bat.

In addition to being concise, showing, not telling, and successfully taking a risk, the most successful bios will work cohesively together with everything else in your profile to form a succinct, compelling picture of who you are.

Build Your Tinder Bio

Now it’s your turn. I want you to choose 3 activities or hobbies that you would list on your bio  (like... cooking, adventure, star-gazing.) Then, construct 3 versions of showing, not telling using everything you learned here.

If this seems like a difficult thing to do, have no fear, we have a 100% Private Facebook group with the staff at Zirby and other fans (almost at 2k!) that you’re welcome to join.

Come post up your assignment and you’ll get feedback on it. Just be sure to repay the favor for others posting their own. See you inside!