Tinder - "how people meet. It's like real life, but better" that's Tinder's description according to their website, it may be one of the hottest and most downloaded apps right now, but you're not telling anyone you have it! Yes, it's a dating app, or maybe a hookup app - it's probably both! There's a certain stigma with online dating, in fact when I downloaded it I was embarrassed to tell anyone - I kept saying, "I'm just downloading it to review the app...you know it's a work thing..."
Here's how it works:
Based on GPS, Tinder will find singles near you. You can see their interests, mutual friends & most importantly pictures. If you're interested swipe to the right to "like" them, if they're not for you swipe left and they disappear forever.
Here's the great thing about Tinder - nobody's feelings ever get hurt! If you don't "like" someone, they never know, even if they "like" your photo. So as you go through liking and passing on people eventually with any luck, someone that you've liked will randomly stumble upon your photo and "like" you too! Congrats you've got yourself a "match" and things are about to get really interesting...
Ok, it's at this point you find out what the intentions are of your "match" - because you're not face to face with them it becomes somewhat easy to just talk...find out each other's interests etc. Here's my list of why people are on Tinder:
Under 21: Want an easy hookup or you're CRAZY
Over 21: Too Busy to meet people, Just got out of a long-term relationship or you're CRAZY (this one's popular)
Sometimes you get a combo of easy hookup & crazy! - thank you Tinder for the "Block" feature...
For those keeping track, I didn't have any fun with "Birdie"...although if she was referring to a good game of Shoots & Ladders I might have wanted to have a little "fun" with her. :/
Ok - let's get to the most important part of this app. You downloaded it because you wanted to meet someone! You either wanted an easy hookup or you wanted to find your "soul mate" that hasn't been showing up to the bar every Friday night!
To my surprise - if you're able to hold a good conversation meeting people isn't that weird. I met my first Tinder match in a public place and in a group setting. She was nice, we had fun and after it was all over I think I made a new friend. No hookup, no "soul mate"
...but alas this app makes it just too easy to meet people so all it took was a few more swipes to the right and left and here we go again...it's like speed dating on steroids and I can do it sitting on my toilet! Bam!
The second Tinder "match" that I met, came over to my place - it was just the two of us. I was a little curious if she told anyone she was meeting a stranger...you never know, I could be a creeper. Now you would think that two people meeting each other one-on-one in a private place would be leading towards a sure fire hookup - it's just too bad I'm a nice guy. We spent several hours just talking and getting to know each other. We had a lot of shared interests, like our love for e-cigs (bad habit, sorry), documentaries & reading. So after our first very innocent meeting, I wanted to see this girl again!
Yes, I ditched my friends and met up with this amazing girl again. It's not nice to "kiss & tell", but our second meeting was much less innocent. I was hooked! We started texting, snapchatting, talking all the time. Could it be??? Tinder actually worked!
Over the last two weeks, I've spent as much free time I've had with this gorgeous girl. We went ice skating, made dinner together, I introduced her to my friends and I can't get enough. I think I might have reverted back to a teenager because that's how I feel, I'm all over the place with emotions and excitement...also my lips are insanely chapped and they're not getting any better ;)
Now, I'm not entirely sure what "we" are at this point or what we might become...but I haven't opened my Tinder app in a week and a half (sorry Tinder). So..Tinder created a "spark" - for that this app was worth the download. Is it weird, absolutely! Is it exciting, definitely! Would I recommend it to my friends, well I would have to admit to them I've used it... ;)
Have you had any amazing or not so amazing experiences using Tinder? Comment below...