Jennifer Bacher
The Silhouette

For the past week I have had the pleasure of trying out a dating app called Tinder. Tinder uses your Facebook information along with your location to match you with potential people in your location.

It shows your likes and five chosen photos from Facebook along with your age.  Users can then set the minimum and maximum age, gender and the maximum radial distance away from their potential matches.

After the initial set up, you are then matched with people in your area and a simple “swipe” game of what is essentially “hot or not” begins. A match is made when both parties swipe a yes to each other, after which you are then allowed to chat with that person. What happens from there is up to you.

At first I was taken back from the over simplicity and vanity of Tinder but essentially this is what happens in any bar, club or party. You judge a person on their looks first, and if you say you don’t, you’re just lying to yourself.

Is it right? No, but it’s the truth. You “check out” first and if you like what you see, you go over and talk. If they do not return the attention, it’s over. This is exactly what Tinder is without the awkward denial.

Some words of advice for those of you who wish to use Tinder to find a hook-up (or relationship, miracles do happen):

  1. Don’t use purchase cialis a selfie in a bathroom, at the gym, shirtless, or really in general. You’re not a 16-year-old girl.
  2. Don’t post a picture of you and a group of 10 people, how am I supposed to know who you are?
  3. Never swipe yes to an ex or your friends’ exes. Just don’t!
  4. Don’t fall for the trick of swiping yes to someone posing with their grandparents, parents, or younger siblings. It’s a trap.
  5. Make the maximum age no higher then 30 otherwise you can get some very creepy older men. But hey, whatever floats your boat…
  6. Use your common sense and be safe. It is the Internet and there are some creeps out there.



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