While the “hot or not” interface is incredibly superficial, it does wonders for your ego each time a model-worthy guy or girl likes you back — and if they don’t, the great thing is they’ll never know you liked them in the first place.What you’ll notice about Tinder is that everyone — and I mean everyone — seems to be on here.
Of course there were warning signs: a wannabe model profile picture and the fact that he asked to meet up as soon as we matched but throwing caution to the wind I decided to give it a shot anyway — big mistake.
Long story short: we went for drinks and he brought a granny along with him. He was slightly older, a consultant and had been perfectly normal and somewhat witty over chat. After disaster date number one, I really didn’t care anymore which meant that I was actually able to relax and enjoy myself.
I don’t think what happened next needs any explanation. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t seem to hit it off in person — he asked if I wanted a nightcap at his place and I politely declined. Conversation flowed and before I knew it, I realised we had been talking for over two hours.
While many of my friends have found boyfriends and even fiancés through dating giants such as Match.com, Ok Cupid and Plenty of Fish, I’ve always found the concept extremely off putting and to put it plainly — desperate. A dating app that launched in the US back in September, Tinder has now taken the world by storm with its fun and light-hearted attitude towards online dating.
The concept is simple: you download the app onto your smartphone, sign in via your Facebook account (don’t worry, it won’t post anything to your profile) and it’ll locate potential people in your area that you either “like” (swipe right) or “dislike” (swipe left).
If both of you “like” each other, you’ll then be allowed to chat.
I know what you’re thinking: no one needs an app to find a hook-up, all you have to do is head to a bar and take your pick.
However, despite popular belief, Tinder “was never meant to be used for hooking up,” according to 27-year old co-founder Justin Matteen.
“We just did a poll recently, and a tiny percentage of our users think that’s what Tinder is for,” Matteen revealed in an interview with The Huffington Post. So even if we had tried to create it for that, it wouldn’t have worked.” Deciding to see what all the fuss was about, I hesitantly abandoned my anti-online dating stance to take a swipe at this wildly popular dating app.
The useful thing about Tinder is that it targets younger individuals who are always on the go so it only shows you a condensed version of what you’d usually see on other dating websites — their name, age, shared interests, mutual Facebook friends and a small tagline.
After downloading the app four weeks ago, I’ve had 46 matches and “chatted” with 21 of them.