Ew – swipe left.
No thanks – swipe left.
Hey thereee – DEFINITELY swipe right.
If you talk about swiping left or right to any millennial, chances are you’ve opened up Pandora’s box of discussion. Cue the talks about the good, bad, and usually ugly about online dating in this day in age. One of the most talked about and used online sites for single people is Tinder. Tinder is a dating app in which a picture shows up on the screen with the name, age, distance away from you, and a small bio of the individual. You then decide if you find them attractive and respond accordingly. If you like what you see, you swipe right. Not so interested, swipe left. People from all walks of life utilize this site. It can be the young person not interested in anything serious yet, the people who put their careers first and are having a hard time finding someone into their late 20s, or it could be a simple as someone who just wants something to pass the time. Either way, it can be difficult to navigate at times. Plus, if its something you’re seriously trying to find success in, it would be nice to have some tips or tricks before you get started.
I have compiled a list of tips when diving head first into the Tinder world. I used my personal experiences along with some of my friends to make sure I express the best ways to be a success on Tinder whether it be the simple how-to’s or how to present your best self on the site.
- Be straight-forward and honest. People are not trying to play games when it comes to Tinder. They know what they’re there for and they’ll get straight to the point. It is common knowledge that when you get on there you’ll have people that are interested in what you’re there for and some won’t be there for the same things. Its best to just be honest from the get go to avoid any confusion.
- Always read the bio. This tip may seem like an obvious one, but I think it is worth another mention. Too often we’re more interested in if the candidate in front of us is visually appealing than about what kind of person they are or if you share a common interest. A bio is there to give you a little glimpse into what they enjoy, what they’re looking for, and in most cases a quick laugh.
- Please, for the love of God, have appropriate pictures. We don’t want to see picture of you that are years old or when you were skinny in your glory days. Show us a picture of something that means something to you or you accomplishing things like graduating. You’re more likely to get a swipe right if you look like you are ambitious and are up for doing things besides sitting at home by yourself taking crappy mirror pictures.
- If you have a kid or girl in your picture – explain yourself. Again, this should be another obvious one, but there’s a good chance you’ll get passed along if there is a picture of a child or girl without an explanation. Is the kid your niece or nephew? Is the kid yours? Is the girl in the picture an ex-girlfriend? Although they technically don’t have to disclose that information, it could save you from an awkward conversation ahead of time so they know what they’re signing up for.
- Have proper conversing etiquette. Please do not start a conversation off with something vulgar. You may think it’s cute and straight-forward, but most of the time it’s not going to be taken that way. It’s going to come across to most as rather scummy to be completely honest. In addition, this may be my own personal opinion, but if you address me by my name rather than something synonymous to visually attractive, you’re more likely to get further with me. It just shows you took the time to look up my name which is a nice gesture.
As long as you follow those tips stated above, you should have a relatively decent experience on Tinder. However, I think the main thing to remember to is to not take it too seriously. Just be yourself and the rest will work itself out.
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