For those who visited home for Turkey Day, hometown nostalgia and high school sweetheart sightings added up to the perfect recipe for a few extra “right swipes” during the holiday. Whether you headed home to reignite an old hometown flame or went looking for a new bae (locally), Tinder has compiled a list of U.S. cities with the highest likelihood of matches this holiday season.
First of all, there has to be a way to work off all that food. So it makes sense that Tinder use increased during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. In 2015, there were more than 2.3 billion swipes in the U.S. during this time frame. Of those swipes, over 17 million matches were made, which is a 23 percent increase compared to non-holiday weekends.
Wondering why you may be attracted to your childhood neighbor?
"People typically tend to be attracted to those with a similar demographic background - from age, occupation, education and more. Individuals who grow up in the same areas are more likely to have shared experiences, making home a great place for singles with similar values to connect,” Tinder Sociologist Dr. Jess Carbino tells Personal Space.
Cities with the most matches made during Thanksgiving weekend ranked Baltimore, MD., first, New York City second, and Provo (Sat Lake City) UT., third. Rounding out the top ten were Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Portland, Detroit and Seattle.
The cities that showed the highest increase in matches from 2014 to 2015 were Detroit, Houston, Washington D.C., Dallas Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Additionally, Tinder Plus users can get a head start on hometown matches for December using the Passport function, which allows users to swipe in any destination, before they actually get there.
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