10 Observations From My Week on Tinder

10 Observations From My Week on Tinder

Recently, I went on my very first date in my 26 years of life. (If you want to read about it, click here.) That date was… let's just say it was less than desirable, but I was okay with that. It gave me another semi-funny story to tell. That’s basically why I didn’t completely dismiss the idea of online dating when a friend suggested I give it a try. I thought if this whole "find Mr. Right on the internet" thing didn’t work, at least I would get another blog post out of it… and that’s exactly what I got.

But I didn't go on any dates. I got so creeped out, I didn’t even last a whole week online. I think the problem started when I chose Tinder as the avenue I would pursue. I kept hearing people talk about it, and on top of that, it was free, so I figured it would be a good option. I knew I wasn’t dedicated enough to actually spend money for something like Match.Com or E-Harmony.

For those of you who don’t know what Tinder, is, Wikipedia defines it as

"A mobile app that uses Facebook profiles, to gather users’ basic information and analyzes users’ social graph to match potential candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends, and common interests. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like or pass them. If two users like each other, then it results in a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and opens a chat."

According to the people at Tinder, “It's like real life, but better”. Yeah, I’m not so sure about the better part, but I did notice that it definitely does mimic some basic human interactions.

tinder logoImage: Wiki Commons

  1. It's like playing Russian Roulette.
  2. You can’t accurately judge someone’s height or weight via a photo. Not that it matters... I’m just saying.
  3. Holding up random hand signs is the guy version of duckface.
  4. About 30% of the guys have their girlfriends in their profile photos.
  5. I didn’t realize my city had such a large number of overgrown frat boys.
  6. There’s a creepy chance you will see an old teacher from high school on there. I know I did.
  7. Everyone likes Southwest Airlines.
  8. I see way too many people I already know.
  9. You might end up judging people based on your mutual friends.
  10. I live in a huge metropolitan area, but Tinder does not reflect the diversity of my city.

Have you tried Tinder? What are your thoughts? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

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