Everyone has heard about the app Tinder and almost everyone has at least tried to use it. I personally have never used it more than just to see what it was but other use it for quick hookups, someone to talk to, or even serious relationships. I don't think Tinder is a good place to start looking for a relationship for a variety of reasons.
First, it's literally an app where anyone can put any information they want. I've seen profiles for dogs on there. Really though who isn't going to swipe right for a cute little dog?
My friend told me she matched with a guy who said his name was Corey and they talked and got along well until she found out his name was actually Brandon and he had a girlfriend. Not only did he lie about his relationship status but he didn't have the decency to use his real name. People can lie about their age, their location, their occupation, or even anything they put in their bios. If a person is desperate enough, they will display any information they think other people want to see.
Let's say you do meet someone that isn't lying about any of their personal information. Do you know what that person's intentions are? While you are trolling Tinder for a serious relationship, they could have just been looking for a quick hook-up or vice versa.
Most of my understanding is that Tinder is for hook-ups although some people I know have had major success stories. I had one friend tell me she met a guy, had the best sex of her life, and now they are best friends. I'll just say it depends on what you are looking to get out of your Tinder experience.
Now, if you are in college and you use Tinder you are a part of the group of people that either uses it for a quick sexual encounter or to find someone to talk to. It's really not a good idea to use it for either of those things. Let's be honest here, if you really wanted a casual one night stand, you would go to a party and find one.
Don't use something that was originally created for people to find dates as your go to platform for sex. Also, if you just need someone to talk to, walk around your campus because there are plenty of other students just like you that want to make friends and talk about themselves and their day.
All in all, I wouldn't personally recommend Tinder but to each his own I guess. My advice would be to just stay safe and be smart. Not everyone on any dating site is honest about who they really are. If you do plan on going to meet someone you met online, make sure a close friend knows where you are and who you will be with in case something bad does happen. If you follow those rules, your experience with any online dating platform should be smooth and you might even find your one true love.