I just found out my boyfriend has a tinder.

I've been dating my boyfriend for a year and I found out he's using tinder. I asked him about it and he said it was because he was bored, which made me ask him if he was bored with me. But he said no. He said he would never cheat on me and that he still loved me. I still love him and want to make our relationship work, what should I do?


Most Helpful Guy

  • I have learned that it matters more what they do rather than what they say. Words can be improvised or rehearsed, genuine or fake, direct or indirect. Pretty wishy-washy in terms of what we mean/could mean/might mean/do or didn't mean. However, our actions say a lot more.

    Think about it. We can have an excuse for just about every behavior. But at the end of the day, we still engage in said behavior. For example: if you're on a diet and you just pigged out you might say " Well, I've been good so far on my diet. This won't hurt" or "I'll run an extra mile" or "I deserved this today." BUT, after all is said and done, you still cheated on your diet. You still didn't follow the rules. You still did what you weren't supposed to, even if you can come up for reasons why did it.

    Same can be said about your boyfriend. He can tell you he was bored, that he would NEVER cheat on you, that he doesn't find yoooou boring etc. but at the end of the day, he still took every second of his time to register to a hook up site. Out actions are sometimes something we CAN'T cover up with double speak and excuses. They are blatant.

    The truth is, he didn't expect you to find out. If he did, he would have said to you first "I was bored. Look what I registered for." But he didn't and I assure you that you'd be none the wiser had you not find out for yourself. You put him on the spot and he gave you a generic excuse that frees him from accountability. "I didn't do it, my BORED self did it. Shame on him. Non-bored self would NEVER do such a thing." And you buy it.

    Love is a complicated thing no doubt, and even when we are faced with what seems like the obvious decision (dump him, deserve better, etc) we doubt ourselves still. You might still feel love for him but that doesn't mean something like this isn't a red flag and because of this "love", you are willing to overlook it and underplay what is a blatant red flag of what is to come. Hey, I get it. It's not always black and white, but sometimes our instinct think more clearly than our love-goggle-wearing heart. Surely he does love you. But did he respect you and the relationship? No. And isn't respect synonymous with love? You can't say "I love you, but let me get on this hookup site real quick."

    It isn't so much just THIS act of a tinder account that you have to get over. You'd be mistaken if you think so. Because more likely than not, something similar to this will find its way to peeks its head out of the water one way or another, in a different shape, size, and form.

    Try to work it out or not. "Trying" to sustain this sinking ship is all you will be doing from now on. Damage is done and its only a matter of time. His fault 100%. Hope you get the strength to make the right decision.

    • Thanks so much for your reply, it's exactly what I needed to hear.

What Guys Said 4

  • Panic! Come to GaG! Ask random people about your situation!

    No, but really, just tell him to stop here and now using that nonsense and press on. The whole "I'm SHOCKED!" thing won't do you much good, just accept that humans are dumb / imperfect about even the most obvious sh*t and let it go.

    The flirtatious are going to flirt though; just be aware of that.

    • Yeah you're right thanks for the advice!

  • People don't join dating/hookup apps/sites because of boredom. Either he has cheated, was looking to cheat, wanted to check out his options or wanted an ego boost. None of them sound very acceptable to me.

    Is he still on there? Might be worth demanding to see his message history, although since he knows you know he has probably already removed anything incriminating.

  • I am incredibly surprised by all the one-sided responses; it's obvious that many here have had bad personal experiences with Tinder and/or are ostensibly biased against it for whatever reason.

    I, however, have a profoundly different outlook.

    Firstly, some context: I am a 24-year-old male and have been in a relationship with my girlfriend for over 6 years. NEVER have I ever cheated or even CONSIDERED cheating on her (and I don't have any incentive to lie to you).

    Guess what? I'm on Tinder, but not to look for hook-ups. My girlfriend knows I'm on Tinder, and I would let her sift through my list of "matches" if she were to ever ask. It's important to note, however, that I don't engage in any conversations with my matches. This may be a distinction from your situation; I can't speak for your boyfriend if he's openly flirting with others.

    I use Tinder because it's a CONFIDENCE BOOST (guys need confidence, too). After being with my girlfriend for so long, intimacy (e.g. kissing, cuddling, sex) has dwindled over time. Although I know she still loves me, it's natural for me to feel rejected if she doesn't want intimacy from me at times. Many men struggle with this. Tinder, however, helps: it gives me tangible proof that other women DO find me attractive, which restores much-needed confidence. Tell me I have low self-esteem, but I guarantee many other men have these same feelings.

    In sum, avoid knee-jerk judgments. Your boyfriend could be like me: maybe he IS bored or feeling unconfident for whatever reason, but is too embarrassed or non-confrontational to admit it. Try prying into his feelings a little more: does he seem down or rejected? Have you been giving him less attention lately? I recommend politely asking to check out his Tinder account. If he complies, you could realize you’re just being silly. If he acts defensive, then all the more reason to be suspicious.


What Girls Said 10

  • what is a tinder ?

    • A social app that you can download for free on your android, iphone or ipad for free. Its a way of connecting with people in your area for dating purposes. I call it the cheating app !!

    • as is because it would allow people to "cheat" according to katinm...when really, it's not, it only looks like that

  • That's definitely shady. If he loves you, isn't bored with you, and is happy in the relationship he would not need to play tinder because he's "bored". There are plenty of game apps that can be downloaded that do not include hitting yes or no to members of the opposite sex. Tinder is a hook-up app. His reasoning is an excuse.

    That being said, men are visual creatures and he may just be using it to pass the time. Either way, the app has got to go now that he's busted. Otherwise, well, you download the app and play it when you're bored ;)

  • I have no idea who you are but let me say this... You deserve better. If your bf has a tinder, more than likely he is cheating. It's basically a hook up site. I know you love him but there are other guys in the world that will love you for you, and cherish you like no other, instead of going behind your back using internet sources. Do not let him off the hook. I know it's hard but you can do it. do not settle for less. Take it from drake "you can do better" (lyrics)

  • Can tinder be 'for fun'? I find it so sketchy to be on there if you're in a relationship...

  • Dump him because if he's doing this it means he doesn't think much of what he's already got. Sounds bad but guys like that always think the grass is greener on the other side. Fact is, you can swap messages etc in there. If he's looking, he ain't arsed what he's got with you. You may love him and it's the worst when you love someone and it 'feels' like they return it. If I were you, I'd do the same back, and get rid. It's happened to me and I'm starting to wake up. It wasn't just tinder, it was all sorts of social media and dating sites. It just got too much in the end for me as I gave him chance after chance. Hopefully he's I'm a corner somewhere crying in his own urine.

  • i am having the same problem, except that he was my friends with benefits and since then we have moved on to something more since we told each other we like each other. and he asked me to move in with him for the 2 months i had to stay in his city for a short term internship. but for the past 2 weeks, he has again gone back to tinder. he still says that he isn't flirting with anyone or that he hasn't met anyone. he says that he will not cheat on me and that he doesn't want me out of his life. but when i snooped around, he invited 2 girls home, and made 2 or 3 different plans to meet them outside. nothing materialised till now. they aren't flirting really as much as a friendly banter, especially, i can see that, he is controlling the flirtatious nature of the girl, but he still lied to me. when i told him that i am not comfortable with it and asked him to stop it, he told me that he won't add anyone new, but can't stop talking to these girls whom he already added on facebook and whatsapp! shouldn't i leave him?

  • Wow, this really helped.

  • He's cheating. I met to guy on tinder they were both very flirty and nice with me. They both ask me for my number and i didn't give it to them and i asked them to add me on Facebook and they did. The first thing that I learn is that both had a girlfriend. If he has tinder and a girlfriend he's cheating lemme tell you dat.

  • I got news for TINDER..good app for cheaters. Especially if its your boyfriend !!! He's looking for daytime affairs on TINDER while im at work (he works nights) and playing house at his place during the day or their place..Nice pick up App if you want to cheat on someone..been going on since March 2014!!! God only knows how many women he has had since that time !!! Makes me sick thinking about it!!! My X-BF as of today can shove his TINDER APP and his daytime affairs up where the sun dont shine...feeling good =)

  • But.. isn't tinder a way to find girls who are dtf? Sounds a bit dodgy.. Maybe keep an eye on that one.

    • I def will thanks for your input!

    • no its a social app that you can download on your Android or iphone. It gives you matches everyday of people in your area you can connect with. Tinder is a mobile app, first created in Hatch Labs, providing location-based service dedicated to social discovery, in order to facilitate telecommunication between mutually interested users. It is used for dating.

      Very good cheating device if your boyfriend is a manwhore !!!