If you’re single and in the dating scene, chances are you’ve tried Tinder by now. What started out as strictly a hook-up app has turned into an online game. So much so that when you “match” with someone you are asked whether you want to send a message or keep playing. For those of you in relationships, or living under rocks, Tinder is an app where you select a few Facebook photos and write a very short bio about yourself (or no bio at all), delineate your gender, and which gender and age range you would like to match with, and then start viewing other people’s profiles that are in your vicinity. You can select your preference for the maximum distance away. So here’s what happens: a picture shows up (for me, it would be a male between the ages of 23 and 30 who is currently within 40 miles of my current location), if you don’t like that picture/are not interested, you “swipe left” and that person is gone forever from your new dating game.
If you decide you might like this person, you can select that picture so that you may read their short bio and view any other pictures. At which point, if you think you may want to talk to this person, you “swipe right.” Now, here’s the catch… you can only contact that person if they have also decided to “swipe right” on your profile. If they too had selected you, a fun little box comes up that gives you the choice to send them a message, or “keep playing.” If you want to chat, it acts very much like texting, except they can only get your phone number if you give it to them and if you decide you don’t like them, you can block them quickly and easily. Sounds pretty fun, right? You get to talk to a variety of people who you would likely not normally meet, you can be confident in the fact that they found you just as attractive/interesting as you found them, and there’s pretty much no strings attached with very little commitment. Expectations are low with this dating site, so it makes it low-stress and quite entertaining.
Now, I’ve actually met a few pretty cool people on Tinder. I’ve also met way more than a few not-so-cool people, but if you treat it like a game, it can be quite fun (and also, dangerously addicting!). As I sit on my phone, perusing Tinder, swiping left, left, left, left, left, left, hmmm right, I realized that I’ve subconsciously created a set of strict criteria in my brain. So, I’ve compiled a list of things that for me, personally, result in an automatic swipe left, no matter how attractive or cool they may seem. I’ll never deny that this is a shallow dating game, but if you can’t beat em….
- They are shirtless in any pictures.
- They have an earring or earrings.
- They have 0 pictures of them smiling.
- They have a picture of them lifting weights.
- Every picture is a group picture. (Come on people, don’t make me guess which one you are).
- The first picture isn’t of them. (Your dog is cute…….)
- They have a bible verse in their bio.
- They have gel in their hair.
- There is blatant misspelling in their bio.
- They only have one picture.
- The same girl pops up in every photo.
- They say something rude in their bio.
- They have long hair.
- They’re wearing a chain necklace.
- They’re making a peace sign.
- They’re wearing a trucker hat.
- They have kids.
- They have a mustache. (I’m a huge fan of facial hair, but most mustaches are creepy).
- They’re wearing a scarf or a beanie.
- They’re making a duck face.
- They’re drunk in every single photo.
- They’re short or small. (100% personal preference because I’m 6 feet tall).
My list clearly goes to show that this is definitely a shallow dating game, but it’s kind of great. I could go on and on about the society of Tinder, but for now, let’s stick with what makes you swipe left. Leave a comment about your automatic swipe left criteria, and look for an upcoming male perspective on Tinder here this weekend!