Let’s be honest, we have all downloaded a dating app before. Whether it was because we were “forced” to by our friends or because we genuinely wanted to see what the hype was about. As soon as you do this, you have ventured into unknown territory. Dating has never been more difficult for us millennials. With all the pressure to succeed at school, find a stable career, and find our “one true love” – who has the time for it all? So, can you really blame us for resorting to good old social media to help us out?

That being said, just because you’ve decided to use the app, it doesn’t guarantee success. Realistically, you probably have more horror stories than good, otherwise you wouldn’t be using it anymore. Toronto is a huge city filled with so many unique individuals. You’re going to have to swipe your way through a lot of selfies to find The One, but here's a guide to make things a bit easier.

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The Party Girl

Age: 18-23

Neighbourhood: King West

Occupation: Student, sales associate, cashier, waitress

Personality:

  • She’s a regular to all the clubs and bars in the city
  • All her Instagram pictures are with groups of friends at EFS or Lavelle
  • If Drake is making an appearance somewhere, so is she
  • She’s super friendly and knows how to strike up a conversation even in the loudest bars downtown; the ideal drinking partner
  • She’ll conveniently message you right before the weekend, asking what your plans are
  • Want to skip the line somewhere? She knows the bouncers…all of them
  • Swipes right if you are a club promoter or is a low-key music producer from Toronto

Looking for…

Nothing serious, you won’t be able to tie this girl down. She’s really just looking for a good time, fun company, and someone to be her DD at the end of the night so she doesn’t have to fight for an Uber home.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = she definitely knows how to have a good time!

Con = can you (or your wallet) keep up?


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The Girl Boss

Age: 22+

Neighbourhood: Liberty Village

Occupation: Entrepreneur / Business Owner, Law / Med Grad Student

Personality:

  • Super hard work ethic, so she knows how to get shit done
  • She commands the attention of a room, and goes after what she wants
  • Think of Olivia Pope, now look back at her
  • A true workaholic, so don’t be looking to surprise her with a trip to Muskoka without warning her first
  • Her idea of a date is a quick lunch break in the PATH in-between meetings
  • Constantly on her phone answering emails in one hand, holding a black coffee from Balzacs in the other
  • She’ll never admit she’s on Tinder, but realistically this is all she has time for
  • Swipes right if you’re wearing a suit, but not if your second picture is of you fishing

Looking for…

Someone to match her killer work ethic, but not be a distraction in her career. Ideally, looking for someone that is probably a bit older than her. She’s not in the mood to babysit anyone. She has expensive taste, so get ready to take her out to her favourite restaurants like Lee on King Street, or Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = she’s a true powerhouse all on her own and completely independent

Con = people are easily intimidated by her presence, plus you need to send her a calendar invite if you want to ever hang out


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The Clinger

Age: 18-24

Neighbourhood: Oakville / Etobicoke

Occupation: Student, fresh grad, in between jobs “finding herself”

Personality:

  • She’s super cute and easy to talk to, it’s as if you have all the same interests and hobbies
  • Most likely an animal lover and spends all her free time posting pictures of them on Instagram
  • She can be found tagging all her best friends in funny meme’s on Facebook, especially those about being single or not seeing anyone
  • She rather have a quiet night grabbing ice-cream than go out bar hopping - Netflix and Chill, anyone?
  • On the weekends, she might make her way downtown to study / work in a quite hip cafe near Trinity Bellwoods
  • Low-key binge watched Friends, Gossip Girl, 90210, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and / or Grey’s Anatomy (multiple times)
  • Swipes right to everyone

Looking for…

Anything to cling on to. Just give her enough wiggle room and soon enough she’ll be hooked onto whatever you say or do. If you have a pet dog, even better! She'll be addicted and put you up on that pedestal.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = she’s super loyal and dedicated to you 110%

Con = you will have no more free time to yourself or be able to think without her presence


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The One-Night Stand

Age: 18+

Neighbourhood: Fort York / Queen Street

Occupation: Anything from a student to lawyer

Personality:

  • During the weekdays, she’s only focused on school / work; but Friday and Saturday a different side of her comes out
  • She secretly likes playing “the chase” game, so after a couple weeks of trying to plan something, you finally get to meet her at Belfast Love for drinks
  • In person, she’s super down to Earth and you’re immediately gravitated to her bubbly personality
  • Owns more pairs of Stan Smiths / Vans than any normal person should
  • She’s forward with her intentions and doesn’t believe in fairytale endings, especially through dating apps
  • She’ll keep in touch with you for a week or two after the first date, but eventually never hear from her again
  • Swipes right if she likes your music taste

Looking for…

Some good company for one or two nights only. She’s not ready to settle down and is still playing the field. She’s looking for someone in her neighbourhood, because commuting to go see someone is way too much effort and she needs a fast getaway.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = if you didn’t feel the connection right away, you’re in luck, because you won’t have to see her again

Con = if you did feel that connection…well you know what (doesn’t) happen next


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The Make-Up Guru

Age: 20-27

Neighbourhood: The Annex

Occupation: Sales associate at MAC, Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart, (Wannabe) Youtube star, currently studying at CMU for Makeup Art & Design

Personality:

  • Spends all her free time watching makeup tutorials on Youtube; she didn’t wake up like this
  • Her entire paycheck goes back to her job at Sephora or MAC
  • She probably caught your eye with that major contouring she has going on in every one of her photos
  • Oh, and all her photos are selfies, because she worked hard on perfecting that highlighter
  • She’ll swipe right if your eyebrows are on fleek

Looking for…

Someone to surprise her with makeup and compliment her on how fresh her contour is. She’s sometimes a bit high maintenance, but she knows how to show you a good time.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = her makeup is ALWAYS on point

Con = you don’t know for sure if you’re attracted to her makeup or her true face


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The One with Commitment Issues

Age: 19-23

Neighbourhood: Kensington / GTA

Occupation: bartender, receptionist, interning at some PR / Marketing firm

Personality:

  • She has a hard enough time deciding what she wants to wear or eat for lunch, let alone ready to commit to another person
  • She's just starting her career, or at least in the job application process looking for something new
  • Very outgoing and has a flirty personality, she basically is never not on her phone
  • She probably has an online shopping addiction and obsessed with anything from Aritzia, Zara, and Topshop
  • She'll tell you she regularly works out, but you'll most likely find her searching the newest restaurants and best places for Happy Hour
  • She's still living with roommates in some overpriced house in Chinatown, but a bit to unorganized (and scared) to move out alone
  • Swipes left if you have too many mutual friends - she doesn’t need that fear of running into you unexpectedly

Looking for...

Someone to join her on her weekly food adventures, pretending to be a tourist in the Six. But don't get too ahead of yourself, she's more of your girl next door best friend than ready to be wifey material.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = she knows all the best restaurants and deals in town so you'll never be hungry

Con = chances are you aren't the only one she's been taking to all these restaurants


Photo Creds: weheartit

The One Looking For a Relationship

Age: 22-27

Neighbourhood: The Distillery District

Occupation: any retail / hospitality job, freelancing in the creative industry

Personality:

  • Single and ready to mingle…and she’s not afraid to tell you that upfront - it’s most likely in her Tinder bio too
  • Her profile has a bunch of pictures with her close girlfriends, and the occasional alone shot of her (posing) in nature
  • She is known to be a “relationship girl”, meaning that she’s never single for too long
  • She loves taking mini staycations to nearby small towns in Ontario; think a weekend away in Muskoka or a quick trip to Niagara Falls
  • She usually just comes downtown Toronto for the weekend or for special occasions, although she claims she lives close by
  • Swipes right if you have a luxury car in one of your pics, but left if you only have a car in your profile

Looking for…

Anything that breathes. She’s more than ready to settle down and sees herself in a long term relationship. Don’t take it the wrong way, she definitely has an exciting life and big ambitions, but she’s also more than willing to adapt to any situation.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = unlike the girls with commitment issues, these girls are the complete opposite, in a good way

Con = she probably doesn’t live downtown, so get ready for that commute towards a long distance relationship


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The Selfie Queen / IG Slayer

Age: 18-20

Neighbourhood: living on student residence, still living at home somewhere in the GTA

Occupation: Student, taking a year (or two) off before going back to school, or unemployed

Personality:

  • Always up to date on the latest trends and celebrity gossip, especially anything related to the Kardashian / Jenners
  • She has at least a couple thousand followers on Instagram and Tumblr, so she spends the majority of her time editing her next picture to post
  • She’s not quite a makeup expert, but she knows how to work her angles (and filters)
  • A bit too obsessed with Starbucks and is religious about getting her nails done weekly
  • Constantly updating her Facebook status about random rants or struggles of being a student living in Toronto
  • She has a huge list of places she wants to travel to, but has never left the GTA
  • If you have a shirtless pic, chances are she swiped right

Looking for…

Preferably someone studying / really interested in photography, because she’s seeking an Instagram husband to follow her around and get the best pictures of her. If you’re in a frat, that’s a good fit too - she loves to party.

Pros / Cons:

Pro = you’ll never take a bad photo again, at least not when you’re with her

Con = with those thousands of Instagram followers and likes, you just know that her DM’s must be blowing up on the daily


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The One You’d Wife Up in a Heartbeat

Also known as The Unicorn. We’re still looking for the profile for this girl, please let us know if you get a sighting of this rare breed.


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