We all know Tinder, whether you have an account yourself or have just heard about it. It’s a shallow, swipe left or right based experience. I think in today’s digital age we, as a society, have lost the “old fashioned’ morals of dating. Instead of asking someone out in person or meeting people at random, we have streamlined the experience through a multitude of apps where you are judged solely based on appearance and swipe left or right based on what you think. Everybody knows this process whether you know someone who uses tinder or use it yourself.
Most of the time I had pretty good luck with the traditional meeting people through friends and through school, but I always wondered how Tinder would work out for me. So with some help from a couple friends on coming up with a good bio and finding the right profile pictures I set off.
Now, in my opinion, I had pretty good luck straight off. I’m by no means an overly attractive person, so instead of banking on my looks I went for a more comical angle. Apparently it worked out because I ended up with a decent amount of likes and a few matches. In the first week or so I matched with some people I knew and it was more of a comical experience filled with cheesy pickup lines and dumb jokes. After this I refined my approach and my entire profile in an effort to match with some more people. I ended up with a few matches and ended up hanging out with a couple. I took one out for coffee and I found it hard to make conversation. It was a nice enough experience but all in all I think I prefer the old-fashioned way of doing things.
Most people, including me, find it hard to really make a connection through apps like Tinder, although the stigma is that the point of the app isn’t to foster long term relationships. These days both Millennials and Gen-Z have hard times having relationships and even making friends. It’s a sad day when one comes to the realization that even though our generations are the most connected, we are the most isolated and lonely.