Tinder Loving Care
Because I like to punish myself, a while back I created a Tinder profile. It all started because I was helping a friend pick out pictures, and what to put in the bio of his. I knew in my heart of hearts, and my minds-eye that I should not venture down that road, but much like the dead cat that was too curious for its own good, so was I.
So I made the profile and proceed to use the app as intended, swiping left occasionally, swiping right occasionally, it seemed a little fun at first. Then my brain happened, the thinking, the analyzing, the fun was over pretty fast. So I did get some matches but the Tinder culture is set up very predictably once you think about it, that being that its a very superficial platform, some people just endlessly swipe right to see who will match with them just to feed their ego, then they unmatch you. The first time this happened to me I was completely thrown, but I got over it and just came to expect that some matches are going to vanish (sometimes before I could even see who the match was).
The other thing about Tinder culture is people wait to send any kind of message, no one wants to be the first, far more often than not I was the first, this wasn't the issue, the issue was trying to figure out why someone matched me to begin with if they were never going to respond, or I would get a response and its just awkward because you've based your interest off of two things, a small bio, and images. I've learned that in Tinder culture, reading the bios is rare, I always read the bios. Starting up a conversation with someone based on so little is kind of
I did meet one person who I would actually become friends with, we actually talked on the phone, which you could imagine was not my suggestion! It went well though, but I soon realized that we weren't really romantically compatible, but would make good friends. My issue came with the time in-between matches, or wondering why I wasn't getting more, or seeing people who were abundantly out of my league, and then once you realize just how superficial the app is you wonder, am I just plain ugly? I've deleted and re-downloaded the app 3 times, I currently don't have it. I'm just not ready for it, I don't have the self-esteem for it.
I might give it another go later down the line, in the end I'm not even ready to date I have too many insecurities related to my weight at the moment, and I also kind of think I would be better off meeting someone the old fashioned way. Anyways my therapist and psychiatrist were happy to hear that I ever gave it a go, it means that I've made some kind of progress personal-growth wise even, if in the end it was no good for me