Tinder: the Online Dating App Everyone is Talking About



Contributing Writer

Technology has had a huge impact on our generation in may different aspects, especially dating.

Unlike our parents and grandparents, writing love notes in class or calling and asking for a date are things of the past. Now, you can meet potential dates or a “bae” on a application, called Tinder.

It is user-friendly and connects to your Facebook, but don’t worry, it won’t post anything on your Facebook page. 

The premise of Tinder is this: if one likes what he or she sees, one would swipe right. If the person isn’t that easy on the eyes, he or she would swipe left.  

If both swipe right, Tinder will say the two are a match. 

One can then decide if he or she wants to get the ball rolling and message them. 

Tinder is very popular, especially on college campuses, because it is primarily used as a “hook-up” app, but many people use it to date as well. 

Many have heard horror Tinder stories, like when a match turned out to be excessively clingy or just overly creepy. 

On the other hand, there are some success stories. 

Jenna Kirby-VanNostrand, a freshman business major, met her current boyfriend on the app. 

They have been dating almost a month and a half now, and she said it started like this: Kirby-VanNostrand and her friend were bored one Saturday night and decided to make a Tinder profile. 

They didn’t think anything of it, but it was just a way to pass the time.  

Kirby-VanNostrand said she got messages from creepy guys waiting to hook- up and even some clever pickup lines. She, however, ended up meeting with one, and they went out a few dates. 

Unfortunately, it did not work out in the end. A few weeks later, her and her current boyfriend became a match, started messaging and went out on a few dates. Now, they’re dating. 

So if you are looking for more than a hook-up, despite Tinder’s bad reputation, it is possible. 

Still, if you have ever seen MTV’s show Catfish, you know that it is common for many people to create fake social media accounts to pretend to be someone they’re not.