I was given the challenge before spring break to download the popular app called Tinder, become well-acquainted with it and give my honest thoughts about it, whether it was for the good or for the bad.
For those unaware, Tinder is a tool that is used to meet people who are close in distance to you. Someone’s picture will appear on your screen with their age and, if given, a short biography. You will have the option to either swipe right or swipe left.
If you swipe right, then it is an opportunity that you will be matched with someone else. You will have swiped based on a few pictures and their biography, or whether or not you think they are worthy enough to be matched with you or not.
If you swipe left, then you can reject that person, forget about them and move on to your next target. The person you rejected will not show up on your list of potential matches again, but you might just pass them as you are walking to your next class.
Having said that, it was no surprise that I have found several college students at UVa-Wise have either used the app or continue to use the app. Some use it to get to know people, while others use it for hook-ups.
I downloaded the app with a completely open mind and hoping for the absolute worst, that there would be an 85-year-old man pretending to be a 21-year-old. The thing is though, is that because I had mentally prepared myself, I was shocked with how much I over-analyzed this app. Although some people I matched with were somewhat desperate, others were more laid-back. I expected people to be much more forward than what they were, but that actually never happened once out of the week-and-a-half I used the app.
The thrill of swiping left or right on certain people and having matches can boost someone’s confidence level. Every time I would receive a match, I would become eager to keep going to see if I could get more matches.
However, the thrill wore off after a few days of using the app. I was no longer interested in meeting people, but I was more interested in conversations that would derive from those matches. I found someone that I clicked with, and to beat it all, this individual turned out to not be an 85-year-old man.
While I did have the opportunity to meet someone and become interested in them via Tinder, I decided to only speak with them outside of Tinder and delete the app from my phone. That does not mean that I think my experience from Tinder was bad because I deleted it. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
However, it is important while testing this app to remain completely safe. If you want to meet up with someone, use a buddy system. I am certain that one of your friends will be there for you and the other person will understand your need to stay safe.
So, be like me. Take a chance, even if someone has to challenge you. You can delete the app at any time. Just remember to be yourself.