Dating apps are weird. Theoretically, there's a higher chance of connection simply because of your access to a larger pool of people. But whereas your swipes aren't limited, your success rate is intrinsically tied to your looks. Which changes things. Big time.
In a survey conducted with 167 long-term couples, researchers found that couples who met right when they started dating were rated equally attractive. No "dating up," no "he/she could do better." This explains why dating platitudes like "opposites attract" are mostly stupid.
But "friends before lovers" does have some credence. The study also found that couples who knew each other before dating, like in the cases of coworkers and old buddies (Charlize Theron and Sean Penn knew each other 18 years before dating), weren't as affected by attractiveness levels. Without immediate romance like that expected in relationships born online, more substantial traits like personality, tastes, and experiences brought people together.
So, yes, go out and meet someone IRL this week. It's worth it.
From: Esquire US.