After reading Part 1 and Part 2 of my Tinder installments, I realized that the most interesting sections are the stories. Sure, the rules are entertaining to write and read about, but it’s more fun to see those guidelines in action. So, for this third installment, I’ll focus more on anecdotes from my Tinder experiences.
My personal Tinder guidelines (cont.)
Remember: Swipe left for NOPE, swipe right for LIKE.
- Swipe right if she has a cute puppy. (<-not a typo)
- If she’s holding a cigarette in a photo, swipe left.
- Blurry photo? Are you serious? This is 2015. Swipe left.
- If she looks like my brother’s girlfriend, hmm…
- If she looks like my brother’s girlfriend with a different skin pigment, screenshot and send to him. Swipe direction irrelevant.
- If she looks like an ex, swipe right because I have deep-seated issues.
- If there’s a photo that looks like it has a story behind it, swipe right. (My curiosity might get the best of me sometimes, so if this rule conflicts with a previous rule, the previous rule shall maintain precedence.)
Playing by the rules
I could claim that I stick to the guidelines I’ve laid out in these three installments. And most of the time, I do consider my “rules” before swiping. However, you know how it goes: Some rules are made to be broken…
You wouldn’t believe how many girls claim they love Weezer and that their favorite song is “Island in the Sun.” If that’s your favorite Weezer song, you haven’t heard enough Weezer.
17. If all of her photos feature the same pose, swipe left because she’s probably a statue or mannequin and there is literally no evidence to refute that.
Sometimes I swipe right just to comment on how every photo is the same. For example:
For the record, she does always have headphones in.
18. If I can’t pronounce her name, swipe left.
I’m pretty sure I’ve swiped right for girls with no vowels in their names.
25. If she mentions faith and/or religion in her About Me section, swipe left because ain’t nobody got time for that.
Yesterday, I literally swiped left for an attractive girl solely because there was a crucifix in the background of her photo.
32. Swipe right if she has a cute puppy.
I swipe right all the time for girls I’m not even attracted to because of the possibility I’ll get to play with their dogs.
Pic or it didn’t happen
What’s a good story without some photographic evidence? In this section, you’ll find some of my favorite conversations that I thought were funny enough to screenshot and post on the Internet…
$60 for a half hour?! What if I only need five minutes?
In the picture above, you’ll see my first encounter with a prostitute(?) on Tinder. I would love to say it’d be my only encounter, but that just wouldn’t be true. Turns out there are a ton of whores on Tinder, or at least girls/women who are looking to exchange sexual favors for money. (It’s fair to call them “whores,” right?)
Now, these girls differ from the elegant “Ellen” (pictured with headphones above), who just wanted to share her pornographic photos with me — I assume for free.
As I’ve encountered more and more of these girls, I’ve become deft at spotting them out before I even swipe. And if you know me, you know I’m swiping right almost every time to prove my hypothesis.
Usually, when I have a hunch that a girl is fake, I sabotage the conversation to see how far I can take it before she bails. Because if I’m not going to get a date out of it, I might as well get a decent story to tell my friends. Sometimes, these girls don’t answer and all but confirm their nonexistence. Other times, they either play along or are telling the truth and have actually moved from Germany recently (see Isabel screenshots below).
Like I said, I’m getting quite good at picking out which girls will probably have sex for money before I even swipe. I imagine that these accounts get a high volume of messages from guys who simply think the girl in the photo(s) is attractive. From that amount, I wonder what the success rate is for these entreprewhores. I mean, they’re operating their businesses in a marketplace where they already know exactly what the consumers want. So, targeting is not an issue because these accounts probably just swipe right for everybody to maximize their reach.
If a guy has $60-100 to spare, he can get — in one night — what would’ve taken him anywhere between three and five dates, as well as upwards of $100, to obtain. While I don’t want to judge anyone for being that desperate, and while I absolutely do not want to criticize somebody’s business (however illegal it may be), I do understand how and why it can be an effective use of the Tinder app.
Also, I basically just provided free advertisements for like three or four hookers. Happy dating!
To be continued…?