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I am a year-old woman living in Brooklyn, working at a startup and writing in my free-time as a side hustle. I downloaded the app last year after a painful breakup. Initially, I was reluctant to use it, worried Tinder would only lead to hookups and frustration. But I gave it a shot because I wanted to meet someone, and, to be honest, all my single friends were using it. For a while, Tinder did indeed strike me as a gross hookup app so many shirtless men. The app provides you an endless pool of people to date, which gives you an opportunity to explore how you communicate, what kinds of people you are attracted to and what your non-negotiables are.
Once upon a time, I had to explain to my dad what "a Tinder" was. To which I replied, "Yes," unclear as to why he was looked to be on the edge of regurgitation. Oh boy.
To date, over 20 billion people have matched on Tinder and 26 more million people will swipe right on one another tomorrow, according to a representative for the app. Some of these are late-night lust-not-love connections; others are the result of those robot fingers that swipe right on 6, people an hour in hopes of maximizing matches. Bumble, Hinge, Raya, and Grindr are all hawking love, or some approximation of it. Some may say the apps are just for hooking up, but what happens when you really find The One—and how do you explain that to a mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa who still use the Internet primarily to share politically incorrect Facebook memes? How do you dispel the stigma that, to relatives and old-fashioned friends, still exists around digital meet-cutes?