Study says 71% of single dads on tinder post photos of their kids.
Dear single dads of the world, take the photos of your children off of your Tinder profile. While they may make you look adorable and responsible, we probably shouldn’t be using pictures of our kids to spruce up our dating profiles.
According to a new study by MummyPages.co.uk, 71% of single dads who use Tinder currently have pictures of their kids posted on their profiles. Two-thirds of fathers posted solo pictures of their kids while one-third posed with their children in the photos, the study showed.
While being a dad on online dating sites is clearly a good thing, being a single mom on a dating site doesn’t guarantee a positive reaction. Only 24% of single moms asked admitted to posting photos of their children on Tinder. It may be because dads are often celebrated for just being parents. Surely if single moms were praised for their status as a parent more of them would focus on this fact with a photo.
It is like when a man gets a dog just so women will talk to him when he walks the pet in the park. “Swipe right! Obviously I am a great guy – this picture of my kids is all the proof you need.” Sound harsh? Dogs and babies make men more attractive to women. Many studies have confirmed this notion. Men seem to be capitalizing on it.
Can you imagine being that guy’s ex-wife and seeing photos of your children in a public ad to date him? Even the happiest divorced mom who peacefully co-parents is going to be livid if she sees her kids smiling back at her from a dating app.
At best, these single dads were naive to post pictures of their child on the dating site, and at worst they were careless in an attempt to make themselves more attractive to potential partners.
“Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of online anonymity and dating sites to prey on single parents and their children, so we urge them to consider how precious your children are to you and protect them by not posting photos of your kids on online dating sites,” Mummy Pages Spokeswoman Laura Haugh told Mirror.
There has been a substantial amount of news articles warning parents about the dangers of children using online sites and social media platforms. Police have noticed the increase in kids being targeted online and have partnered with schools to inform parents. So really these single dads should have known better than to put a picture of their kids on a public app.
Plus, in doing so they weren’t setting the best example for their children.
“Children often see their parents as role models so seeing their mum or dad posting pictures of them also sends mixed messages about how they act online,” Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters, told Mirror.
So before you start swiping right, dads, update your profile with some kid-free photos.