“It’s basically a portfolio for your dating life,” said Halen Yau, 31, a public relations manager from Toronto.
Not only does Instagram provide a visually driven collage of your life, it also offers a subtle way of expressing interest through likes and comments, and connecting in the form of a private chat.
Attend to their profile page, where you can see all their photos, as well.
Paying a compliment on Instagram is as simple as liking a few photos.
So, if you want to gauge interest anytime soon, we recommend a tried-and-true thermometer: the thirst trap.“A thirst trap can be as simple as a selfie,” said Andrew Keller, 25, a creative strategist at Paper magazine.
“I can put up a really cute selfie of me, and the caption can be, ‘Just ate a bag of Twizzlers, hate myself.’”“It’s like you’re throwing out a net into a sea of fish,” Mr. “Whenever I post a story, I kind of have an idea already of who will respond or what kind of response I will get.” If you are successful, the person you are targeting will be tempted to comment. Might even “slide into your DMs.” If so, you have pulled off your very own thirst trap.“Everyone has that one person in their mind that they want to see it,” Mr. Waiting for their response, he said, “can be torture in itself.”Once you have mastered the thirst trap, advance your skills by making use of the blocking tool.
Then it’s, ‘Ding, ding, ding.’”And though Instagram can offer more depth than an abbreviated Tinder or Bumble or Grindr profile, do not forget that it is still a curated highlight reel.
Unfortunately, Instagram is not all romance and daisies.
Last April, Roberto Forgione noticed that someone who had ghosted him was looking at his Instagram Stories — the brief, casual updates that hang around for 24 hours at the top of the app’s screen and include lists of the people who have seen them.“After a couple, I was like, ‘He’s back,’” Mr. He decided to take a chance and reach out in his direct messages.
“I asked him if he wanted to hang out, and he said yes,” Mr. The two have continued seeing each other since, spending Thanksgiving together and attending a wedding as each other’s dates.
“I delete them [from my main account] to make a statement: ‘I don’t want to keep up with your life anymore,’” Mr. “Seeing the new life in pictures helps bring a certain closure,” Mr. “Then I know I’m totally fine with the relationship ending and I think it ends with another layer of healthiness to it.
It’s really turning the page for both people.”Other social media platforms have had similar effects, but Instagram is massive (just Stories has nearly twice as many users as Snapchat does), and other pervasive platforms, such as Facebook, are not as dominated by daily, visual updates.