Cru Culture: Tinder

Can you really swipe left or right to find true love?

 

Tinder, a “meet new people” app, seeks to do just that. The program has had an impact on college students everywhere, and UMHB is no different.

 

The application counts on the fact that people really do judge a book by its cover. When you sign on, you create a profile of pictures and a short biography of yourself. Then, Tinder technology takes over and provides you with profiles of the opposite sex that live within a certain distance of you.

Tinder, a popular dating app, has taken many college campuses by storm, offering social media mingling. Jordan Yarbrough/The Bells

Tinder, a popular dating app, has taken many college campuses by storm, offering social media mingling. Jordan Yarbrough/The Bells

 

If you like what you see, you swipe right and hope the other person does the same for your profile. If it’s a match, a conversation can be started from either end.

 

But if you swipe left, neither person ever knows and communication can’t be made in any way. Seems pretty simple, right?

 

Wrong.

 

There are always do’s and don’ts in the dating world, but how can you navigate the uncertain waters of this unconventional social site?

 

To all the men out there looking to find Mrs. Right, start with removing pictures of you with your exes and other random women. No matter how pretty the leading lady standing next to you in your photo is, it doesn’t make viewers of your profile jealous. It just makes them think you’re a player, and probably won’t get you many “right swipes.”

 

Then there’s the issue of starting a conversation. The guy should definitely make the first move and keep traditional chivalry as alive as possible in such a modern situation.

 

“Hey” just doesn’t cut it. In fact, a corny knock knock joke would be a better way to get a woman’s attention. She will probably have an inbox full of hellos. If you want to stand out, be original.

 

To the women, keep your biography simple. Telling the whole world you want to be a cat lady or that you frequent Starbucks just makes you look like everyone else, too.

 

Whether you’re new to an area, looking for love, or just searching for new friends, make your intentions clear in your profile, and you can save yourself some trouble.

 

All that to say, happy Tindering.

Author: Katelyn Holm

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