Tinder: The Good, Bad and Ugly
If you haven’t heard about the latest dating app Tinder, prepare yourself because it is catching fire. (I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself with that one)
Imagine a cross between “Hot or Not” and OK Cupid, and then you’ll have the basic premise of the app. Tinder syncs with your Facebook account, so for every potential match you see on your screen, you will view the person’s picture and the number of shared Facebook friends you have along with your number of shared interests. It also uses GPS to locate you, so you will see the potential matches that are in your area.
At the bottom of the screen there is a red X and a green heart. Like what you see, hit the heart. Don’t like what you see, hit the X button. You can also pass on people with a simple swipe of your finger to the left. This feature gives the app a game-like quality. When you and another Tinder user have liked each other, there is a pop-up saying “It’s a match!” At this point you can either send that person a message or “keep playing.” (Notice the multiple game-like features to the app)
More than anything, this app is hilarious. The entertainment quality is high and I have shared MANY laugh out loud moments with my friends over funny situations that have arisen over Tinder. For example, a few weeks ago I received a text from a number I didn’t have saved in my phone. The exchange went something like this:
- Random number: “Hey is it weird that I liked you on Tinder?”
- Having NO CLUE who this was, I tossed out the name of one of my sister’s friends.
- Me: “Um, is this (random name inserted here)?”
- Random number: “No, this is Austin!!”
Turns out it was my friend and fellow SMEBB nominee Austin McRonald. Love ya A! (Evidently dating life is still a challenge for some of us SMEBB’s) Perhaps this isn’t funny to the casual reader, but I found it hysterical.
One of the other nice features of the app, is that you only can chat with people who have also liked you. This means, in theory, that you both already consider each other hot and you don’t have to worry about putting yourself out there to someone you think is attractive, who doesn’t feel the same about you.
The shared interests feature is also appealing. If you find a guy who’s also into Miike Snow, Games of Thrones and Sufjan Stevens, awesome! If the guy you’re checking out also likes Boo the Pomeranian, pass!
This app skews young, like REALLY young. I would say the average age is about 20. This was particularly evident for me when I was scrolling through many of these potential matches only to find that our shared friend was my best friend’s nephew. Who is 20 and a sophomore at UC Davis. While this is another hilarious byproduct of the app’s design, it is hardly the recipe for finding a date. Unless of course you are 30 and want to know what it would feel like to be a cougar. (aka #10 on our list of worst midtown women) Also, the app does not let you filter out by age, so those 18, 19 and 20 year olds continue to populate your feed.
Tinder’s matching settings limiting your search based on distance does not work particularly well. Even if you set a search limit of 30 miles, for example, the app still pulls people who are in San Francisco or farther.
It seems as though many people are using Tinder as the straight person’s Grindr. In other words, they are using Tinder to facilitate random hookups with strangers. If receiving messages like “Hey this might seem forward, but can you meet me in the lobby of the W Hotel in 15 minutes and we’ll see what happens” get you excited, then Tinder may be perfect for you. This definitely skeeves me out.
Ultimately, the app is fun for a few laughs but I am seriously doubtful I will be going on ANY dates with my potential matches.
Do you have any amusing or weird Tinder stories? If so we would love to hear them!