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My Personal Tinder Tragedies

I downloaded Tinder at the start of my freshman year, hoping to meet some new people and possibly go on a few dates. Sure, there are a few nice guys on Tinder but some of them are weirdos. Here are a few stories of my own personal Tinder tragedies.

1. The guy with incredibly fragile masculinity

This guy started out by telling me how beautiful he thought I was, so I thanked him and we continued to talk for a bit. Then, he asked if I would like to “hang out and maybe hook up.” I told him that I wasn’t really looking for hookups, but I would like to hang out sometime. For some reason he got really offended by this and started calling me fat and worthless, despite the fact that he had called me beautiful five minutes before. I had heard about guys doing this before but this was my first time experiencing it.

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2. The “no fap challenge” guy

This was 100% the weirdest encounter I have ever had on Tinder. We started out having a normal conversation before the guy says “Hey, there’s something I should probably tell you.” My mind went to the worst case scenario, thinking this guy had terminal cancer or something but I was SO wrong. The guy proceeds to tell me how horny he is because he is participating in the “no fap challenge” and he’s been a whole TWO DAYS without masturbating and it has just been ~soooooo~ difficult. I didn’t really know how to respond to that so I just unmatched with him and that was the end of that.

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3. “Mr. Nice Guy”

I had a really nice conversation with this guy and he seemed like someone I might actually want to go on a date with… at least it seemed like that. I gave him my Snapchat and woke up the next morning to a message from him asking if I wanted to see a picture of his dick. He was really doing SO well but then had to go and turn into a fuckboy. But hey, at least he asked first and didn’t just send it.

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4. The politically active guy

I actually LOVED this idea and I might have to do it myself come election time. This guy didn’t actually live in Virginia, but was highly invested in the race for governor last November. He made an account and swiped right on everyone just to message them and make sure they were registered to vote and knew about the candidates. Looks like his hard work paid off because Northam won!

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5. The guy that slides into your DMs

For some reason I decided to link my Instagram to my Tinder (bad idea). It doesn’t happen too often, but every once in a while I’ll get a message from a guy on Tinder saying that he saw me on there and would like to talk. Here’s a hint: if I didn’t match with you on Tinder, I’m probably not interested in talking.

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Tinder isn’t necessarily a bad place, I’ve had more good conversations than bad but there are definitely some ~interesting~ guys out there. Good luck out there, collegiettes!

Amanda Snead

George Mason University '21

Amanda is a senior at George Mason where she is majoring in Communication with a concentration in journalism and minoring in women and gender studies. She currently serves as Her Campus George Mason's president and Campus Correspondent. She has previously served as the Editor in Cheif and Senior Editor. Additionally, she worked as a Branded Content Intern for Her Campus nationally as well as a Chapter Advisor. She spends her free time writing articles, perfecting her Animal Crossing island and hanging out with her pets.
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