If you’re dating or looking to find love after a string of ill-fated romances, chances are someone has told you that there are “a lot more fish in the sea.”
But that literally couldn’t be truer in online dating.
If you browse Tinder and your search includes men, you might have seen a few guys holding a fish in their photos.
It’s a puzzling phenomenon that’s so widespread that people who post these photos are dubbed as being part of “Fish Tinder”, and others are even rating these photos on TikTok.
But why do men put these dodgy photos on their profiles? Is it because they want you to be addicted? Do they want to lure you out on a date? Or is it just a display of masculinity to show that they are interested in these typically “manly” acts?
To try to get to the bottom of things, The cup asked men holding fish in their dating profiles why they were doing this. And their answers varied.
One respondent simply said, “I think the fish looks really nice.” While another commented, “In comparison, fish makes me look better.”
Another man responded by saying, “Some of us actually have ambitions to become fishermen.”
But there could also be other reasons.
These photos show an element of strength and athleticism. Or maybe some men are posting these images as a weeding tactic.
By sharing their fish photos, they highlight potential matches that they have a complete and time-consuming hobby, so there won’t be any surprises later.
Another possibility could be that they want to show that they would be a resourceful and valuable partner.
“Nothing good ever came from swiping right on a guy holding a fish on a dating app. Double red flags if that guy’s name was Todd.”
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— jia (@eaduryans) July 13, 2022
Evolutionary psychologist, David Buss, who is also a professor at the University of Texas, told The Cut: “The resources obtained by the individual efforts of man are valued more than, say, the resources a man has. had by chance.
“It also signals diligence, a work ethic and is a good remedy for long-term supply potential.”
Still, it’s quite baffling to many, and several women have taken to TikTok to poke fun at the trend and even rate the photos.
One social media user said: “Why are so many guys posting pictures of themselves holding a fish?? Like that’s supposed to impress me??
“I like to travel” is the dating app for girls equivalent to the photo of *guy holding a picture of fish*.
—ry | Fi (@HeyRyFi) August 15, 2022
Others got into the debate about why men might do this to a person, saying, “Maybe it’s an unconscious association with when we were hunters and gatherers, when to see people getting the food, your animal instinct says ‘hey! good successful hunter, acceptable partner, will live a prosperous life’ (just kidding, but who knows? the human brain is weird).”
But another was annoyed by the jokes, saying: ‘Heaven forbid a man to show a picture of himself enjoying one of his hobbies in a dating site profile picture. Unable to show body photos as they are pointless or crude. Nor can you show that you enjoy a hobby. What else is there?”