My Tinder experiment - Dan Schaumann
Of all the online dating platforms I've come across, Tinder (in my opinion) has proven by far to be the most difficult to meet girls on. For those who may not know what Tinder is, it's a matchmaking app based almost entirely on the premise of appearance and attractiveness. After you've created a profile (photos + a brief description), set a radius (the geographical distance surrounding you where you'd like your matches to be located), and your age/orientation, you're offered photos of potential suitors who fit your specifications. It is up to you to either swipe their photos to the right if you like the look of them, or swipe to the left if you don't. Meanwhile, your own photo is offered to scores of fellow Tinder users and the same logic applies to them: if they like the look of you, they swipe right; if they don't, they swipe left. Whenever two people swipe right on each other, they become a 'match' and they gain the ability to chat to each other via text. The future of the relationship is entirely down to the conversation that follows. Ultimately, a mutually enjoyable conversation will lead to a real-life meetup, and from there, who knows? Tinder's penchant for superficiality leads it towards a reputation of being more suited to casual sex & hookups as opposed to meaningful partnerships, although some matches have been known to lead to marriage. Anyway, I've been using Tinder half-heartedly for probably 18 months now. I've always maintained a fairly standard profile similar to this one: Trouble is, aside from the occasional evil spambot, I hardly ever received any matches. It would often take me a couple of hundred swipes right to finally be paired up with someone willing to chat, and even then the chances of them replying or sustaining any kind of interesting conversation was minimal-to-none. I guessed that a selfie like this ranked as 'BORING... NEXT!' on the Tinder factor. If chatting wasn't difficult enough, the prospect of ever meeting someone though Tinder seemed virtually impossible. So I had an idea. Why don't I periodically change my Tinder profile picture to something totally ridiculous to see if I can gain a better reaction and actually chat with some girls?
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