The Best Of The Worst Of Tinder

by Pamela J. Hobart

Tinder is a bare-bones "dating" (read: hookup) app that tries to match you with singles nearby, sometimes on the basis of whether you have a mutual Facebook friend. If you both swipe each other's photo to the right as you browse, then it's a "match!" There's no robust biographical info section or compatibility questions to answer, so the whole process is kind of quick and dirty, and therefore users tend to have a "what's there to lose?" attitude. Thus, we get Tinderlines: an aggregation of "the best, the worst, and the funniest Tinder pick-up lines." Even having a mutual Facebook friend or two does not seem to provide enough social pressure to get people to behave in a civilized manner.

I tried Tinder myself for a few months last year when I was single. It sure will boost your ego, to be constantly "matched" with men, but I never met any of them in real life. Here's my very own Tinderlines-worthy submission. Especially notice the time stamps!

Cute, right? I'm no prude, but the thought of choosing strangers for casual sex — or even cuddling — based purely on appearance and physical proximity doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. I deleted the app shortly after this event. I imagine some of the Tinder users below may have had a similar impulse.

If you haven't tried Tinder but aren't yet scared off, read some more of the raunchy user stories available on Tinderfessions. And for even more Tinder-related entertainment, try the story of a guy who joined Tinder as a dog, or "Humanitarians of Tinder."