There are so many apps out there to help you connect with people. Tinder is one of the most notorious dating apps can be difficult to navigate. If you, like many other college students, find yourself on Tinder, here are some tips to help you navigate a potential new campus cutie.
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1. If you swipe right, talk to him/her on the app first before giving out your phone number.
It's so important that you talk to your match in the tinder app. Not every match will be as interesting as they are attractive. It's so much easier to unmatch in the app than to tell someone to delete your number or go through the process of blocking their contact.
2. Establish boundaries first!
Try to parse out each other's motivations for being on Tinder and make sure you both are on the same page. Is he on Tinder to find hookups or new friends ? Is she only looking for a rebound or just someone to snap with back in forth? You don't have to have the “what are we” talk but just enough to know that you both have the same mindset.
3. If you meet up with them, find a neutral location.
If you match with someone away from campus, meet them in a safe neutral location! Don't be that girl, or guy, that goes missing after meeting with someone online. If you match with someone on campus meet them in the library Starbucks or at the Pit. Somewhere with lots of people and multiple exits just in case.
4. Tell your friends the details!
When you go meet with your Tinder match, tell your friends where you're going and who you're meeting. It's super important that someone knows the details just in case things go south! Have a code too to text your friend in case of emergence like SOS or something original. They can help come and get you or get help if you need it.
5. Have Fun but be Responsible
Tinder can be really fun but be careful. Getting super tipsy on your first Tinder date with a match is probably not the best idea. If you decide to hook-up with them, be safe and use protection. Remember this is your first time meeting this person so being a little bit cautious is your best bet.
Have fun and swipe away!