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How doers get more done: Female TikTok users ditch dating apps, go husband-hunting at Home Depot

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A recent fad has some young, single women on TikTok using their phones for more than just swiping right on dating apps like Bumble and Tinder. Instead, these girls are heading to home improvement stores like Home Depot to find a husband — and using the camera on their phone to chronicle their experiences.

Back in March 2021, user Megan Louise created a short video in which she claimed that she had just met three prospective husbands during a recent jaunt to the orange box store. "Home Depot is where you go if you want to meet a man," she insisted.

Of course, Megan later admitted that those three men were likely already married, but her reasoning was still sound: Handy men, both single and taken, tend to frequent stores like Home Depot. According to Business Insider, the trend began about two years ago and has been growing ever since.

Though it's unclear whether Megan Louise was the first to make this suggestion, it spread quickly on TikTok, creating whole categories of videos, including one called "homedepot finding a husband." With over 3.5 billion views, this category contains several videos of single women excited about the possibility of finding a date the old-fashioned way:

  • "It smells like testosterone in here," @emilyrachel101 happily exclaims in one video.
  • "You have to act extra lost," advises Nayeli Perez, aka therealdoctortee, in another.
  • User elysiempre and a friend took a trip to Home Depot together just before the holidays and decided to target the plumbing aisle because "that's where all the men are, the hardworking men."

Most of the videos appear to be filmed in jest, especially those with women asking employees to point them toward "the husband aisle." But the general idea still indicates that some women may be ditching dating apps in favor of meeting men in person, just as some reports suggest that the popularity of dating apps may be in decline.

"They’re not dating sites," said Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and the lead scientific advisor at Match.com, "they’re introducing sites. The only thing they can do is if you require a certain type of person, they give you that person. That’s all any app can ever do."

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