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Why I Finally Gave In and Joined Tinder ©

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Ohio U chapter.

I wouldn’t say that I’m an introvert, but the only way I tend to meet new people is through the organizations I join. And as much as I like to get involved, I can only do so much with a part-time job, 18 credit hours, and maintaining some sort of social life. I find myself spending my time with the same people every weekend, and as much as I love my friends, I need a bit of variety in my life.

This is why I did something I told myself I would never do. I joined Tinder.

I have been judging Tinder since the day it started to become popular. I would tell people it was trashy, pointless and strictly for people looking for someone to get cozy with after a party and drinking. But since I have joined, I’ve found it to be so much more than that.

There are approximately 17,000+ undergrad students at Ohio University. That doesn’t even include the graduate students (which I have found do use Tinder as well). There are so many people out there that you can meet and you won’t be able to meet them by sitting in your room watching Netflix or stressing yourself out over a midterm by spending the night in Alden.

We use our cell phones everyday, and if you don’t, it is because you don’t have one. It’s bittersweet how technology is advancing so quickly, and all these apps are making every task from turning on your lights to ordering pizza easier than ever. I’ve come to the realization that people are getting to the point where they rely on their phones for most tasks and maybe dating has become one of those things.

Not many people are as outgoing or carefree as I am. If you asked me to call a stranger or introduce myself to a cute guy, I would do it in a heartbeat. Many people are reluctant to do the same. Maybe it has come to a point in which people are deciding to take the easy way out on introducing themselves and meeting someone new.

Tinder is the perfect way to do just that. It’s a great way to talk, with only your picture and a short bio as a prerequisite. Is it shallow in the manner that people only swipe right for the people they find attractive? Of course! But in the short time I have used the app, I’ve found more conversations being brought up by people whose bio I read and found similar interests with, rather than by the cliché tall, dark and handsome guys.

So I’m glad I’ve given Tinder a chance, and who knows, I could meet my future husband, or I could make some new friends. Only time will tell.

Have any cool or interesting experiences with Tinder? Tell us about it @hercampusohiou


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Sophomore Strategic Communication Major. Lover of athletics and nerding it up in marching band. #Marching110 World traveler and future PR specialist. Pretty decent at speaking Chinese. On my way to saving the world, one PR crisis at a time.
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