The Smile Dating Test: Explore the Viral TikTok Trend

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Do you know your love language? Probably! And even if you don’t, you’ve no doubt heard about what they are and what they say about your relationship style. But the five love languages, developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, only scratches the surface when it comes to the dating world.

Not ones to rest on their laurels about all the latest dating terms and trends, TikTokkers discovered the Smile Dating Test, and it’s taken center stage on the platform and beyond. We are going to do a deep dive into this newest craze, which touches on psychology, social dynamics, and biology and uses smiley emojis to give you insights into your dating personality!

What is the Smile Dating Test?

The Smile Dating Test is an online quiz made up of 12 questions, each one crafted to uncover and reveal the different styles of your individual dating persona.

It uses different colors of “smileys” to represent various Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) love types—the quiz prompts you with a series of questions, and you choose one of the pre-written options before moving on to the next. At the end of the test, your dating personality is delivered with a colored “smiley” and the ones you are most compatible with romantically!

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How It Started

The origins of the Smile Dating Test are rooted in scientific research on human behavior—studies have shown that a genuine smile is a powerful factor in creating a positive first impression in the dating world. 

Smiling is linked to the release of endorphins and oxytocin (the good stuff), which promotes feelings of happiness, trust, and empathy. This evolutionary advantage has played a huge role in human connections, creating romantic relationships and promoting strong social bonds.

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The Role of Technology

If it weren’t for technology, we wouldn’t have the Smile Dating Test—or we wouldn’t know about it if it was available! Social media apps like TikTok mean users find out about cute personality tests from one post—and then everyone jumps on board. Although dating apps haven’t integrated the Smile Dating Test onto their platforms, it could happen! And if it does, it could analyze smiles and assess compatibility, integrating algorithms and AI (artificial intelligence) to evaluate attractiveness and compatibility. 

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Is the Smile Dating Test Legit?

While the Smile Dating Test represents a creative intersection of psychology and digital fun, it’s important to remember that it is, essentially, an online quiz for entertainment. Its scientific basis is in the general understanding of the importance of smiles in human interaction, but the test itself is more about fun and exploring your dating personality. Basically, we wouldn’t recommend making any big life-changing decisions based on your results, but it absolutely doesn’t hurt to take it–you might find out something new about yourself!

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Viral Sensation

The test went viral on TikTok, engaging millions of users with its fun concept and interesting results, which were shared over 10 million times. That’s a lot of smileys!

Originating in South Korea, it has become a global phenomenon, spreading across various social media platforms. You can find the original (we think it’s the first) smile dating test on ktestone.com, a Korean website loaded with different personality quizzes—that’s the OG test that went viral on TikTok. Ever since, the hashtag has trended, with tons of people posting about what their results say about their dating personalities and styles.

But more and more tests have emerged, so when you’re picking a smile dating test, here’s what you should keep in mind:

  • When looking into one of those relationship personality tests, there are a few key things you’ll want to check for. First, see if they actually bothered basing it on actual psychological research–not just some random questions they pulled out of thin air. It should have some science behind it or the results won’t be worth much. 
  • It also shouldn’t feel like a boring quiz–taking it should be fun and make you excited about what it’ll reveal about yourself and your relationships. If it feels tedious and you just want to get to the end, boo! 
  • Privacy is essential too, and some sites are sketchy, so make sure they’re clear on how they use any personal info you provide when taking the test. You don’t want that data being used for who knows what without your permission. 
  • And finally, you want feedback that you can understand and that teaches you some things you can use when dating! It should shed a little light on who you are and give tips for your dating game. A good test reveals things about yourself you can understand and work with!

The 20 Best Smile Tests

Anxious to find out what your smile test reveals about you? We researched where to take them besides the ktestone.com version, which is now in English but wasn’t translated so well, so the questions are worded strangely—and if you take the Korean version, it gives you the results in Korean, you’ll have to go through Google translate.

Here’s what we got when we took the test on the OG site:

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It’s worded like an AI that’s not too smart (no offense, robots). 

So we took another crack at it with the wikiHow quiz and got the same color, but not navy blue and my smile compatibility changed. But the questions were different for each test, which may have something to do with it! It was fun, nonetheless.

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So, if you’re lazy and don’t want to do the whole translation thing or just looking for variations, here are the top sites according to feedback!

Takeaways

All in all, the Smile Dating Test is an adorable way to get acquainted with your dating personality. It does this by mixing a few scientific (we use this term loosely) concepts about human behavior with the enjoyment of taking an online quiz where you aren’t panicking about how you’ll do grade-wise–this is not that kind of quiz! 

Despite the fact that it is not a particularly scientific approach to finding a perfect match, it does provide a fun and unique way to get some insights and reflect on how we present ourselves and how we appear to others in the big, wide world of dating! 

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