A Tinderella Story?

What? – app for iPhone and Android
Cost? – possibly your dignity

If you haven’t heard of Tinder by now then chances are you’re loved up in a cosy, little relationship; good for you. Tinder describes itself as ‘the way everyone is meeting new people’ but let’s call a spade a spade here, it’s basically an app for dating/creeping on the opposite sex.

So how does it work? Tinder finds potential ‘matches’ for you within a 100 mile radius (you can narrow your search down if you’re thinking ahead and don’t fancy trekking to Meath or Kildare for a date.) You then select the age range you want to search in, anywhere between 18-55, whatever you’re into, Tinder doesn’t judge. It then presents you with pictures of potential ‘matches’ and if you like what you see, swipe right. If you don’t like what you see, swipe left. How simple.

If their picture is a group shot, it is absolutely essential that you tap into their profile and view all their photos just to be sure it’s them you fancy and not their hot mate. It can happen, we’ve all seen Catfish. If they like your picture, Tinder will let you know its a match and so begins the game of who’s going to send the first message. It’s all anonymous so if they don’t like you, they’ll never know you liked them. Absolutely ideal.
Another great thing is that you can see which mutual friends you both share on Facebook so if you do get chatting you can always ask a mutual friend if your match is good banter or a crazy lunatic. It could go either way, it is the internet after all.

Be warned though; of all the thousands of people on Tinder and even if you have your radius set to 100 miles, your ex might still pop up as a potential match. Whatever you do, don’t swipe right. You’ve been there, you’ve done that, it is NOT a match. Just tap the X and it’s on to the next one. Now if only real life were that easy.

You probably won’t find your Prince Charming or a girlfriend who just wants to bring you sandwiches all day but it’s worth a shot.

Tinder is just a bit of light-hearted fun so don’t take it too seriously. If you find you’re having no luck on it; there’s always Copper’s.

Happy Tindering.

Rachel Dowdall

Image: vancitybuzz.com via flickr.com

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