Tattling on Tinder; Dating App Encourages Awkward First Impressions

imageAs I swiped to the right in hopes to match with another local candidate, I felt something different for the next profile that followed. No, these feelings were not butterflies producing euphoric neurotransmitters throughout my body. My arteries started clogging shortly after I matched with Pizzaa, a twenty year old slice of pepperoni pizza, whom resides 66 miles away from my location in Connecticut. According to one of America’s comfort foods, this slice is extra saucy! Whether you would take a bite into sexual innuendos on the first date, my stomache [sic]  is feeling much better considering the user of this account did not message me as soon as we matched. If Pizzaa was inclined to message me, I question whether or not Tinder was behind the genuine compliment Pizzaa might have left me that sparked up an appetite.

Tinder is a matchmaking app that allows users to swipe right if they like the person, or left if they decide to pass up on the offer of introducing each other. When both users confirm mutual interest by swiping right on each other, a notification pops up in the messages. Shortly before messaging the person, there is a message under the user’s profile picture. I question whether or not some users take these messages seriously. The messages change every time the message page is refreshed; sometimes being inspiration and other times being too frank. The users do not share or see any of each other’s Tinder messages that pop up shortly before engaging with each other. These messages will go away as soon as someone engages in the conversation. I will provide you with some examples of these first impression initiators:


1. “You’re not getting any younger.”

2. “Give them a compliment and watch what happens.”

3. “Tinder can’t type for you… at least not yet.”

4. “Live as you die today, dream as if you live forever.”

5. “Insert compliment below.”

6. “Send a message before your battery dies.”

7. “YOLO.” / “You only live once.” (No, seriously, they use both lines!)

8. “Did the cat bite your tongue?”

9. “Over 36% of your Facebook friends are on Tinder.”

10. “And to think, you almost swiped left …”

11. “Tell them about a crazy experience you just had.”

12. “I hope you’re not driving right now.”

13. “You can tell your kids you met on Tinder.”

14. “If you don’t ask, you won’t ever know.”

15. “Ready to get Tinderized?”

16. “Ask them about your mutual friends.”

17. “Say something funny!”

18. “Say something witty!”

19. “Stop being boring.”

20. “If only there was a way to start a conversation. Oh wait …”



In defense, Tinder has messaged me the following statement, “Starting conversations are awkward, but not here!” I think they caught on to my discovery. Shortly before I finalized this brief post, I was captivated by Cinnamon, a 20 year old Connecticut resident 11 miles away from my location.  Yes, my sweet tooth was ready to devour into this love affair while Pizzaa’s “glistening sweet sauce” is left for tomorrow morning in the refrigerator. Is this the latest dating troll frenzy? Have you set your eyes on inanimate objects lately? Is this the era of love at first bite? Comment below to tell me what you think about Tinder’s tactics for online matchmaking.

Food for Thought

Many users mention in their profile that they are not using Tinder for hook-ups when Tinder has been dubbed as the latest app for hook-ups. Does anyone read the small print on your profile, or are physical attributes in the way of a meaningful conversation? Do you notice a trend in how your matches start their first impressions with you on Tinder? Are they complimenting on your physical characteristics or something you have written directly in your profile? Are they thinking outside the profile box to call you altruistic when you never even brought up the word, however you have used words like, “nurse, teacher, caretaker, or vet” throughout your career goals? Share your thoughts on this! Have you ever responded to an automated Tinder message or received a response from one? I appreciate your time! Take care.





Tattling on Tinder; Dating App Encourages Awkward First Impressions

4 thoughts on “Tattling on Tinder; Dating App Encourages Awkward First Impressions

  1. Tinder !
    I never heard about it, but now im gonna see who is there to make me be hunted.
    See u later.
    Moving to tinderization mode for now.

    1. Download it, give it a try, and find a local friend! I enjoy it for the social part of it, but considering anything serious would take more courage out of me. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. I never took Tinder too seriously but, funnily enough, I’ve ended up meeting nice enough people. I think it depends on how you see things as well. I am never looking for anything in specific : whatever happens happens. From personal experience, those who are not looking for hookups but rather a ‘meaningful relationship’ at any costs, end up settling for anyone, just anyone. So yes, I think there is too much speculation on what someone’s intentions are, based on the place where they first met. ‘Oh you meet them in a night out, it’s most likely a casual thing.’ ; ‘Oh you met them on Match.com, he must want to marry you.’ ; I mean, seriously, whatever happens, happens. Why can’t everyone just live life more spontaneously? 🙂

    1. Yes, I completely agree with you! I have a few people I text from there because it’s much easier, and I enjoy meeting new people every day. I can’t meet them right away, but it’s a step closer if I wanted that. It’s always fun adding more friends to your life to provide wide range of conversations. The perspective of the user will always be different because everyone has different intentions on being there. However, I cannot imagine anyone saying, “Oh, we swiped right, started talking, and found true love.” It feels as if they wanted to force a connection out of what was offered to them. You are definitely right about that. I feel as if there is an obligation behind the availability because it is very limited for some. So, what else would you do with a handful of discussions? Pick the best one from a lower standard of choices. I’ve been meeting people online since I was twelve, which was way before apps were even a hit. I miss the open, free environment we once had. In any situation, always follow the architectural structure of a relationship. 😉

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