THE NEW YOU

Whether you’re just catching the Tinder flame, or you’re already a full blown addict, having a knowledge of the unwritten rules will help you take your Tinder game to the next level.

The app provides you an endless pool of people to date, which gives you an opportunity to explore how you communicate, what kinds of people you are attracted to and what your non-negotiables are. There’s no need to fill out a lengthy profile or spend hours perusing through profiles to find a match. It’s quick and dirty; swipe left or swipe right. That’s it homie! I’ve found there are certain ground rules for using Tinder that has really worked for me. Here they are!

It is OK to be superficial.
Sure, it’s kind of alienating and weird to swipe right or left on people’s faces — but it is what it is. I mean think about it, even when we are out at the bar we kind of “swipe left” or “swipe right” in our heads.

Remember you don’t really know them.
Just because you have matched, and you have the same major, does not mean you have connected and shared plenty of conversations and details. Do not meet up in private for the first time meeting, please.

Most people don’t keep up-to-date profiles.
Make sure you keep your pictures as recent as possible. If you want to know why people get stood up on Tinder dates or they end abruptly, this is why. If you are 230 lbs do not say you weigh 160 lbs, it is as easy as that. A lot of guys will claim they’re 6’1″ and show up to the date at a generous 5’8.”
Reminder: It’s kind of hard to keep up a lie like that if you actually plan on meeting people in person one day.

Don’t act crazy.
I know we are all a little crazy, but don’t act crazy. Just do not be so quick to become the next Tinder crazy. Don’t harass someone who won’t reply to your messages as fast as you’d like. Remember, there is an unmatch button!

Not everyone is single on Tinder.
You should know there are also a ton of people on Tinder who aren’t actually single. Because the app is on your cell phone, that everyone locks, it is very easy to hide the fact that you have been busy swiping. The odds are, once you find someone you’re interested in dating, you’re not likely to take down your profile. It’s addicting, you have been warned.

Use technology as a resource.
Ever heard of “Facebook stalking”? This is the time to do it. If someone gives you enough information about themselves for you to look them up online, then do it! I mean we have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, even Google! Technology is a resource. Use it.

Do not read to into a profile.
Don’t get it twisted or read too deeply into a profile. The creators of Tinder intended for the app to point to the single most effective way of finding a match, physical attraction. Typically the ‘about me’ section in a Tinder profile is a creepy quote or weird pick up line that will totally turn you off. You’re not going to read a profile and be captivated by his bio.

Don’t be awkward about meeting someone off Tinder.
Sure, Tinder is kind of weird. But it’s much weirder if you’re unable to accept that you’re on it, and why you’re on it. Be self-accepting and chill about being on Tinder, because it is the norm of today.

Do not wait too long to meet in person.
You can only have a texting relationship for so long, and eventually, you are going to have to meet face-to-face or block his number. Chat with your Tinder match as long as it takes you to feel them out, but too long and you will bore them. Chivalry is dumb, by the way. Don’t sit there waiting for someone who seems great to ask you out. Take charge! This isn’t 1953.

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