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‘Growth Hacking’ Tinder: How This Man Used His Wife & Data To Get Laid

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Eddy Azar really sucked at picking up dates on Tinder. In fact, he was so bad at finding success on the dating app, that he resulted to asking his wife for help…

Eddy Azar and Asha Jacob

Credit: Facebook/Asha Jacob

A 22-year-old from Singapore, Eddy and his wife Asha Jacob decided three months ago that they wanted to try out an open – meaning that they could both pursue sexual relationships outside their marriage. The progressive millennial couple first turned their sights to Tinder in hopes of attracting a few new FWBs. While Asha’s dance card quickly filled with names, Eddy had a miserable time trying to score a single date. While it may seem unsurprising that the male/female pursuit dynamic presents itself in a similar way online as it does in let’s say a bar atmosphere, Eddy knew there was something he was missing.

As an experiment, the hopeless husband turned to his wife for help – yes, help in picking up other women. Asha happily obliged, and as it turns out she was far superior at picking up dates for Eddy than Eddy was himself. In no time she’d set up two dates – in a half hour.

“My wife is one of the best pickup artists I know,” writes Eddy on his blog. “Or at least she is when she’s wearing my face.” But more important than the dates, this was a signal to Eddy that his success had nothing to do with the content of his profile, or even who he was really, but rather how he played the game. “If she can get girls to agree to go out with me when they think she’s me and the only thing she’s doing differently is how she’s writing… the problem isn’t me. It’s my game.”

To prove his hypothesis that the success of Tinder dating can be distilled down to a formula Eddy decided he’d do a little experiment and apply some of the tools used in growth hacking – a marketing technique that uses creativity, analytical thinking and social metrics to sell products – for the benefit of his sex life.

After 16 days of experimentation, here are Azar’s findings. And while some of them might seem obvious, others are less so, and when you put all the pieces together…

It turns out Tinder really can be hacked.