If you are single and you have a love/hate relationship with Tinder, raise your hand.
Everyone? That’s what we thought. Tinder has quickly become the dating equivalent of ordering takeout from the seedy taco joint down the street (it’s convenient and easy to pick up, but half the time your order is wrong and you know it’s probably bad for you in the long run. But you keep going back).
Super long analogies aside, Tinder also represents the new normal for dating in the era of smartphones. To help you put your own Tinder experiences into perspective, and because it’s just fun to hear other people’s ridiculous stories, we found three real women to share their Tinder adventures with us — some are funny, others are gross, and one was downright promising. Without further ado…
Maja T., who met her boyfriend on Tinder, but first, got taken for a ride by a guy in a dog van.
“Ok, so the sweet story first. It was quite a coincidence that I even matched with my now boyfriend (who I’ll call Max) in the first place. We didn’t live in the same city and I was only visiting friends where he lived when one of my friends who’s in a relationship and didn’t have the possibility of the joys of Tinder himself got to right-swipe a few guys for me. One of them turned out to be a match!
Lori C., who was looking for Mr. Big, and found a guy for her friend, instead.
“I’m a first time entrepreneur with a relentless determination to succeed at the dating game…both professionally and personally. A couple of years ago, my quest to help people connect even led me to meet the man I’d planned to marry.
Ironically, my passion and laser-focused ambition recently overshadowed my relationship and, as a result, my one-and-a-half year engagement came to a screeching halt. To ease the pain, I convinced myself that if Sex and The City was over as soon as Carrie Bradshaw got engaged, the best shot I had at growing my business empire was as a single woman in New York. I even went so far as to entertain the notion that I’d be fine dating a series of ‘Mr. Right Now’s,’ rather than finding ‘The One.’ That didn’t last long.
After a few weeks of lapsed reality, I remembered my own best advice to my clients, and went back on the market, using my own resource to find my own ‘Mr. Big.’ While doing a little competitive research for the new dating app I’m developing, I decided to explore the world of Tinder, and in the process, successfully managed to build ‘matches’ with nearly 200 hot, single men within a 3-mile radius. But not a single ‘swipe to the right’ led to a date. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and invite one of the lucky matches to my annual Kentucky Derby Bash.
It didn’t take very long to discover that hosting a huge social event wasn’t the ideal scenario for a first date. While overwhelmed by greeting arriving guests and making introductions, the man I had invited found solace with one of my best girlfriends, and within an hour had his hand on her leg. They actually looked kind of cute together. I’m a digital matchmaker, so from a business perspective, at least I was successful.”
Bobbi K., who has four awesome Tinder stories to share, including a cautionary tale about speaking about it in public.
“Tinder becomes one of those things that you do as a time waster. I have a few extra minutes, so I’ll just Tinder. One night as I was swiping right and left, this guy began messaging me asking if I was hungry and if he could bring me sushi. I said, ‘No thanks. I’ve already had dinner and you are an hour and a half away.’ His reply, ‘Well, I can still come over and be dessert.’ Umm….No. That one was too crazy from the beginning and that never happened.