03 April 2018

I Tried Tinder for the First Time for 5 Days

The stories I've heard of Tinder helped me decide that I would never try the app. It didn't seem like a thing I wanted to get into, and I just felt it wasn't something I would enjoy.

As time has passed, I've heard more and more people talking about Tinder, so after much (I am not kidding, it took me about a month to build up the courage to download the app) consideration, I took the dive.

I downloaded Tinder, set up my account, and started swiping.


Day 1

There were a lot of left swipes, what's up with all the shirtless guys, and fish holding pictures? Also, why do guys love to post group shots so you never know which one is him?
After the first day, I wasn't impressed.

Day 2
Of course I woke up the next day with a strange man following me on Instagram, he'd sent me a message request. When I opened up the Instagram message he'd said, "Good Morning." I'm not sure if he found me because of Tinder, or if it was my public Instagram that prompted him.

I had one superlike...I swiped left.

Again, a lot of left swipes. Sorry, not sorry..?

Day 3
I won't lie, by this point I was feeling a little weary of the app. It might be because I was not used to it, or it's probably just not my thing. I felt so exposed, anyone could see me, and judge me based on one single picture.

Now, I had more than one picture, but let's face it...most guys are just swiping on instinct. You'd have to really catch his attention for him to open your profile.

I didn't do much swiping on day 3 simply because I was feeling uncomfortable at this point.

Day 4
4 matches with 4 cute guys. But that was it, there was no contact besides the match, and I was actually relieved I didn't receive a message from any of them.

Another slow day, I didn't do too much swiping.

Day 5
This day was the most action I got from the app over the entire five days. One of my matches actually messaged me. The conversation didn't last long, but it served as my Tinder send off.

In conclusion...

I had a difficult time feeling comfortable on Tinder. It took a lot for me to build up the nerve to create a profile, and when I was finally on there I went back and forth in having fun, and hating it.

There were a lot of people from my college campus on Tinder, I swiped left on all of them.

I found this one guy from my freshman year of college who had a girlfriend, and was way too flirtatious with me. I very quickly swiped left.

I found one person who I'm particularly fond of, but I didn't take my chance. Since I didn't want to swipe left, and felt awkward to swipe right I just reset my discovery settings so he would disappear without me having to swipe.

I think Tinder is a good place for people to find each other as long as you're both honest about what you're looking for.

As for me, deleting my Tinder profile was like a breath of fresh air.