So recently I got Tinder, the picture-swiping dating app, and all I have to say is wow. I've been missing out.
Even though I haven't matched yet, I have been enjoying my time on Tinder a lot. For me, it reminds me that there are lots of attractive people I might connect with out there, so I see the app in a positive light.
Anyway, let's get into why your Tinder profile should be honest.
For those of you who don't know, Tinder came out a year or two ago and is basically a new version of "hot or not". The main difference is if the other person thinks you're hot as well, you can message one another and maybe eventually meet up. You can import pictures of yourself from Facebook and write a few lines about yourself, and that's pretty much it.
In my experience on Tinder here on exchange in the UK, I have come across some people that don't represent themselves fully at first glance. They only present the parts of themselves they want you to see, which can be a problem depending on what they're looking for.
If you're looking for lots of matches, then sure, have attractive pictures of whatever part of you is your best Tinder quality. But, if you're looking to meet someone through Tinder, you're setting yourself up for problems by not letting potential swipes see at least what you look like.
Here in my area, examples include bigger girls only having headshots on Tinder, other girls not showing their entire face on their pictures, or people with only group photos so you can't tell who they are.
By not giving people an accurate sense of who you are (at least what you look like), what will that bring? If weight is a deal-breaker for someone, wouldn't you rather not have to deal with that in person?
For me, I put a few things on my Tinder profile: a brief description of who I am and what I'm about, some pictures of me to help people get a sense of what I look like, and some pictures of me doing things I love like mixology classes and DJ-ing. If someone would disqualify me based on any of those things, I would rather they just swipe left on their phone to save my time.
Even for something as superficial as Tinder, if you want better quality matches, it's a good idea to show more of yourself. While the app seems to be largely used for hookups, I still enjoy using it in a more relationship-oriented way. Despite its flaws, it can be an easy, low-effort way to reach a lot of local people quickly.
I see Tinder as a positive thing, but it does require some degree of honesty to work, depending on what you're looking for.
I'm curious to hear all of your opinions on Tinder too. Feel free to comment below!