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The 10 Guys You’ll Encounter on Tinder

Posted Aug 5 2013 - 7:00pm

Tinder: an online dating roulette of your local singles (who, unfortunately, sometimes turn out to be psychos).

The app is designed to help you find single people you’re attracted to in your area. After setting up your profile page and confirming your sex, which sex you’re interested in, and how close by you’d like your matches to be, the app will show you various profile pages. If you’re interested in a person, you can swipe right or select the heart icon. If you’d rather pass, you can swipe left or select the “X” icon. If someone you’re interested in is also interested in you, a match is made and both parties are notified.

Unlike dating apps like TrintMe, Tinder is more like a box of chocolates; you never quite know what—or who, we should say—you’re going to get.

Lucky for you, Her Campus is here to help you identify 10 guys that you’ll potentially encounter on the app:

1. The Guy Who is in a Relationship

Strange… every one of his pictures seems to feature the same leggy blonde. Must be his sister, right? Don’t get your hopes up, collegiettes. We’re pretty sure most guys don’t put their arm around their sisters like that.

How to identify him:

  • His profile picture features him with his arm wrapped rather cozily around a pretty girl.
  • His four additional images also happen to feature that same girl.
  • His tagline reads: “Involved,” “It’s Complicated,” or “Taken But Feeling Single.”

This is the guy who probably knows he’s hot, but needs the kind of superficial reassurance of his attractiveness that only the cyberworld (and apparently not his girlfriend) can give him. By delving into the Tinder universe totally unbeknownst to his GF, the guy in the relationship can get the kind of thrill that only being made to feel desirable by strangers in your local area can give you—all while being guaranteed steady hook-ups with his ball and chain on the side. The most confusing thing about the Guy Who is in a Relationship: he doesn’t even seem to care if you know about his significant other.

2. The Guy Who Can’t Be Without his Bros

Is he the guy in the red polo shirt? Or the guy next to him in the hockey jersey? How are we supposed to figure out who this guy is if all his photos are with him and his five closest friends?

How to identify him:

  • His profile picture features him plus seven other dudes.
  • His four additional images also happen to feature him… with seven other dudes.
  • His tagline reads: “bros before hoes.”

If you want to be this guy’s lover, you apparently have to get with all his friends, too. The guy who can’t be without his bros is either weirdly close to his wolfpack... or he’s really insecure about his looks. If you encounter the guy who loves the group shot and you can’t seem to figure out who the real Tinder user is, look for the least cute guy in the shot. Chances are, that’s your man—though he’s probably hoping you think he’s his hot swimmer friend who’s standing next to him.

3. The Guy Who’s Probably Younger Than He Claims

He says that he’s about to start his second year of med school—and yet, he looks as though he might have just gotten his braces off.

How to identify him:

  • His profile picture is either a webcam pic (as he doesn’t get out enough to have any normal pics) or an awkwardly stiff, professional photo from his senior portraits.
  • He speaks entirely in abbreviations during your chats, greeting you with “sup” and wanting to know “wut u r up 2.”
  • He sometimes excuses himself from conversations because his mother told him to wash up for dinner.

At some point or another, some collegiette’s curious little brother was bound to make a Tinder account of his own. He may not be pre-pubescent, but we’re sure there are more than a few barely legal bachelors scouting out older ladies on the app. If he knows more about the cheat codes for Tomb Raider than the local bar scene, it may be time to check this guy’s ID. 

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