The world of Tinder and Bumble is a weird one.
You meet all kinds of people from all walks of life. Yet for some reason, every single person's hobbies consist of hiking and traveling.
From receiving creepy one-liners about cunnilingus to being constantly hounded to drop all your plans to meet a stranger, Tinder is a gold mine for article content.
1. You never actually meet up.
This is almost inevitable. You'll start talking to someone. It will either be great, weird, or most likely mediocre. You guys have some things in common (probably hiking and traveling) and someone is gonna bring up the possibility of meeting.
Usually one party is busy this week and an actual date never gets set. Or sometimes it is but is never fulfilled.
Neither of you are bad people, it just never happens. I'm not quite sure why this is but it's going to happen at least once. Or twice.
2. You hit Snapchat purgatory.
I am a firm believer that Snapchat is where Tinder flames go to die.
Of course, you might head down the avenue of explicit content that I don't need to present to my Facebook family audience, but more often than not you guys hit a dead end. Maybe you'll exchange a couple snaps for a day or two, but then it turns into crickets on both ends. Something about that little ghost does something to people!
Also, can we talk about how guys are always asking for selfies? I get catfishing is a thing, but if I'm spending the day on Tinder I probably haven't showered and I've just finished crying. Not the best foot forward.
3. You meet up once and then nothing ever happens again.
Okay these all sound depressing but it just happens. A date can go well from both sides and still nothing comes to fruition after. You can argue that it didn't go well enough which could be true, but I think part of the ghosting has to do with current dating culture.
Or it's just me. Yeah, it's probably me.
4. You have an arsenal of weird stories.
A pro to all these weird situations is that you now have a bunch of funny yet disturbing stories about creepy men. The perfect icebreakers for dates, new friends, and work events. It was absolutely horrifying in the moment, but boy can you look back and laugh now!
5. You already know them.
It's always so weird when you see someone you know on Tinder. Old classmates, friends, coworkers. What do you even do in that situation?
My rule of thumb is to reserve the super likes for your good friends so you can inevitably tease them later but also for the cute guys you never had the courage to talk to in person when you knew them. Just keep intentions of the super like clear.
6. You see them in class.
This is a weird one. Whether you matched while you had a class with them or they show up in your class a week later, it's still awkward. Maybe you get lucky and it's the push you need, but it can also just be downright uncomfortable. As Tinder goes, it's usually the latter.
7. Your friend has already been on a date with them.
Even more awkward than being forced to see them in class, is knowing your friend has probably already experienced the same thing. Does the rule of dibs apply? Insecurities and awkwardness can easily roll in.
Or you can both bond and laugh over how weird it was. That's better
8. You have the worst date ever.
Hey! At least you've got a new story!
But honestly exercise your best judgment, don't let any weirdos walk over you, and BE SAFE.