Tinder : Will you do me?

Relationship

Arghhhh ugly  *swipe left*

Wow much muscle such douche  *swipe left*

Cute guys … oh he is the uglier one *swipe left*

 

After discovering (and it has been out in app store for 1 ½ year) the Tinder apps , I have no shame to tell you that I spend at least 30 mins a day just to swipe and see how my standards to men (and women) go. Like any other dating app , Tinder uses a “hot or not” scale , while you could simply swipe left to people you don’t like and when both of you swipe right to each other , then a conversation could start. Unlike other application that emphasize on height , eye colour and other useless information , it is straight to the point to – your age and appearance or simply “Do you want to do him/her?”

 

The first few days on Tinder , I swiped right to everyone that probably is easy  or  has a cat/dog on their picture. The results was rather unsatisfying  : half of whom remain the message “matched on *date*” , one left me when I told him that I wasn’t out in LKF and  a self-claim food critic keep sending me food photos and hashtag in our conversation. While we all know Tinder is one of the fastest growing and easiest hook up site in the town , I decided to play along see how long it would have take to turn into the three steps hook up formula : starting with a simple  “Hey” with “what R U doing tonight?”  plus a slightly flirtatious compliment and ended with “Let’s meet for a drink sometimes”.

 

My self-esteem boosted up when I get pairing to people who I “liked” too but looking closer to their profile. The cheesy tagline and “Hit me up for fun” turned me off instantly. After adjusting my settings and swiping more than 100 men on the left side , I chose some (not smoking hot unfortunately) to go on a date with them. Mr C is the first person I met through Tinder  , we tracked each other with the nearest location and found ourselves in the same school and decided to have lunch together.

 

“I don’t want a relationship. I just want a date.”  The 33 years old  explained Tinder to me.

 

Although I never imagine a scene sitting in the sofa telling my kids how I met their father through three selfies  and a horrible one-liner “Call me maybe” , that is brutally honest enough.

 

“There are people always on Tinder. hitting on you . Talking to you. Pairing up to you. There is no point of being serious in this case.” Added Mr. C. “As a guy , it is easier to hook up on Tinder than in bar and everywhere.”

 

Having 10 million matches per day and millions of users on Tinder has proved Mr. C’s point of view correct. If you are active in Tinder , you will probably get a bunch of matches but just like in real life , interesting people are not easy to find. The date ended up quite nicely with few comments  on Tinder and some travelling talk and he claimed he had only met a crazy journalist before this date on his adventure on Tinder. Two days after , he asked me out for lunch again and then a  dinner plus drink date and the story ended right where we know its heading to.

 

“Is this what you expected to get on the app?”

“Isn’t this the reason why we are there?”

 

Apart from the convenience and the swiping action , Tinder doesn’t surprise me a lot on its basis. Regardless of what their co-founder claims on how tinder connect people and more , this app is a heaven place for causal sex and fun. The barrier of letting hot people to talk to you is cleverly done but a page of users’ profile  should added in case we miss something good. My tinder story ended when my lover found out I got a Tinder app on my phone and I was texting someone on there right after he turned his back.

 

“So explain to me why are you on Tinder?”

I looked around the room and said “ For fun. For excitement and for checking to see if you are there.”

(Jan 2014)

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