I'm sure I am not alone in that I place a certain stigma on Tinder. Since I found out about the "dating app" some time ago, it seemed a lot more, "date rape" and “To Catch a Predator” and a lot less, “let's go on a date” and “The Notebook.” After talking with a few friends (guys and girls) who have used the app and like it, I decided to break into the Tinderworld with my own little social experiment to either confirm or deny my judgment.
My objective in this experiment was to get a bit of understanding on how these Tinderoni's are using the app, for “hook ups” only or to actually meet someone they can potentially be with. But, I also wanted to have a little fun and really, at the risk of sounding like an asshole, straight up jack with people. While I have to say I wasn't too far off with my original notion, it was a little less creepy than I had originally predicted. Don’t get me wrong, there were still a bunch of weirdos, people wanting to meet up right away, wanting to “send me a picture,” etc. I guess I just assumed that was all it was gonna be. There were actually a few decent human beings from what I could gather in my short 24 hours.
Needless to say, the 24 hours were pretty absurd and highly entertaining, for me anyway. It was certainly a nice little confidence boost after having taken a recent hit to the ol' heart. And much to my surprise, a lot of these guys actually indulged in my ridiculous behavior, obliged my whimsy. Over-all they were pretty great sports. Even though this experiment came at the expense of a little of my pride, I would have to say the juice was worth the squeeze. You will find below some of the highlights from my Tindertimes. *Names have been removed to protect the innocent.