By Kitty Turpin
If you have a smart phone you’ve probably tried the “dating” app Tinder. For those who haven’t tried it, Tinder is a location-based dating app that uses your Facebook profile to sign you up. It facilitates conversations between people who “like” each other. By swiping left or right, you decide mainly based on their picture, whether you like or dislike the person. It’s basically a “hot or not” app. If you match with a person, you’re able to communicate through the app.
For purely a Valentine’s experiment, I decided to try Tinder for the first time. Armed with a great quote to use as my description (some people are afraid of dogs but I’m afraid of the opposite of dogs, the absence of dogs – dogless space), I got my swiping finger ready to like some pictures. Tinder allows you to change the distance and age range of the profiles suggested to you. Naturally, as a 20 year old, I put the age range between 18-25 and got swiping.
My first match and message came through after around 10 minutes. “Do you fuck on the first date?” To be honest, I swiped right (“liked”) this man because he had a dog in his picture. From previous dating site experience, and the experience of being a woman, I am used to this treatment from men (unfortunately). I learnt after this match to be less generous with whom I swiped right for.
A lot of the profiles I was being suggested were of “athletic men”. They’d have around 4-6 pictures, usually one of them playing their favourite sport or at the gym, most of the time, both kinds of photos. In their bio they’d say things like “I like being active” or “I like gym” or “I love snowboarding”. How do people in Perth like snowboarding? Great! Cause I can totally use that information to my advantage and just invite you to go snowboarding with me in the heart of Perth City.
I haven’t found many profiles interesting. After 18 hours, I still swipe right for the occasional pretty dog with a not so pretty man. This morning I was suggested a profile with a photo of a guy holding a dead shark in the ocean, like some Neanderthal. Haven’t agreed to any dates yet. Not sure how long I will last on this thing. Good app to waste time and have some laughs though!