Online Love

Tinder – The New Craze in Online Dating

photo 3

So my friend introduced me to an app that has taken over my life!
Yesterday, I found myself hiding in my company’s bathroom stall so that I could continue to use it. For those of you who are trying to jump the gun…no it’s not Candy Crush (I never boarded that train). The app to which I’m referring is called Tinder.

If you haven’t heard of Tinder, grab a seat for this brief introduction.
Here’s how it works :

1. Create a Profile – Tinder allows you to select up to 5 photos (although I’ve seen someone with 7) from your Facebook page and upload them to your profile. The pics MUST come from your Facebook page. You’re then able to specify your sex, the desired sex, your age and the desired age range (although I keep seeing 18 year-old kids! I’m not about that life!).

photo 2

Besides the photos, the only other way to personalize your profile is with a brief tagline :

 

photo 5

2. Start Rating! The app allows you to either “Like” or pass on a person based on the photo that you see. If you like what you see in the first photo, you can visit their profile to view more images. Or if you’re a bit more impulsive, like me, you can pass judgement based on the first photo that you see. If someone’s photo isn’t buttering your biscuits, you can pass, simply by swiping their photo to the left. A big NOPE will appear across their face (lol so sad) and they’ll be banished to the world of the rejects.

Now, if you Like someone, you simply select the check mark. If they’ve already come across your picture and have also Liked yours, you’re considered a “Match”. Only after you’ve been Matched with someone, can you begin a conversation. I guess this limits the amount of random hit ups!

photo

Once you’ve Matched with someone, you can either be the initiator and make first contact, or you can wait for your Prince Charming/Cinderella to message you.

photo2

All of your Matches are saved as well as your conversations.

What I really like about Tinder is that it allows you to see who thinks you’re hot (yes, it’s that superficial) without the fear of rejection. You don’t receive notice when someone Likes or dislikes your photo. You’re only contacted for positive news : a Match! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Has anyone else tried this Tinder app? If yes, please share your thoughts!

You Might Also Like

  • mondaysarecool
    06/28/2013 at 8:04 AM

    I’ve had one real life date (well, several with same person) from Tinder so far and met one other person via Tinder. It’s been fun :) However, the bulk of the people I’ve matched with so far were not up for a serious conversation…and since I’m attempting to use it to find dates…it’s not as good as OkCupid for that purpose.

    Still, it is entertaining 😉

    • areyouondrugs
      06/28/2013 at 11:49 AM

      Yea I’ve noticed that the guys aren’t that in to having real conversations! But like you said, it’s still pretty fun!

  • suburbangirl4love
    06/28/2013 at 8:45 AM

    Hahah yes!! My last few blog posts are all about my Tinder experience. You should check them out! I also recently found out about the app and was hooked for awhile. Ultimately though, I’ve concluded a lot of guys on there don’t take it seriously enough to maintain a normal conversation. With the exception of a few (including one I actually ended up going out with). However, even though my Tinder journey ended on a bit of a sad note, it’s definitely worth trying. Who knows, maybe it will work out for you!! Good luck.

    • areyouondrugs
      06/28/2013 at 12:19 PM

      I love your blog! You’re a really great writer :). Thanks for sharing your Tinder stories. I now know to proceed with caution! Lol

  • sexualselfsabotage
    06/28/2013 at 3:53 PM

    I’ve been really curious about Tinder, but I’m too paranoid to link it with my facebook! But I did think it was more of a hookup app, not so much for dating… What would you say is more the reality?

    • areyouondrugs
      06/28/2013 at 4:10 PM

      Hahaha I totally understand the paranoia! But from what I understand, they don’t post anything on your page or send out and random messages. Thus far, I haven’t come across anyone that I know personally :)

      I’ve been hearing that Tinder is really just for hookups. From my brief experience, I am getting that same vibe. It seems like people aren’t really looking for anything serious. But I still encourage you to give it a try! I just wouldn’t set my expectations too high lol.

      Hope this helps!

  • Is Coffee Meets Bagel The New Tinder? | Are You On Drugs?
    09/15/2013 at 12:53 PM

    […] won’t waste much time answering the question, ‘Is Coffee Meets Bagel the New Tinder?’ It’s not. Whoever created this needs to reheat the coffee and toss out the stale […]