I get it. We are all college students who are no longer looking for love or romance. We just want to “hook-up”. Right? I want to believe that chivalry is not dead, but many obstacles are getting in my way. Right now the biggest hindrance and hottest “game” to play is Tinder.
In case you haven’t downloaded it yet, Tinder is an app that finds people of the gender you are interested in, and allows you to like or dislike them. If you like them and they like you then you are a match, and you can start chatting. At first when my friend came to me to show me this app I was kind of disgusted. It’s almost like a dating site, if you skip the dating. This app is not meant for college students to find their true love, but rather to find someone to hook-up with that night. But my curiosity got to me and I was eventually convinced to download it as a joke and start playing.
While I sit on Tinder and shallowly like and dislike people by looking at a couple of pictures of them I wonder if people are actually using this application to meet up with people. Some guys that I have matched with have started conversations with me, but the way I see it is that I am never going to see them so why not respond? But then there are the creepy dudes who start conversations with me, “Won’t it but funny when we have to tell our kids we met on Tinder?” Or, “We would look really cute on top of a wedding cake.” While I am joking around on this app I just wonder if these men are actually serious and want to meet me, or if they are joking too. And on top of it all is my biggest fear. I know it will happen one day. Me sitting in the South Quad dining hall enjoying my meal when bam, we lock eyes! We’ve seen each other before… On Tinder. At that point are we supposed to talk? Pretend like we don’t know each other? Or go straight upstairs to our dorm room?
While Tinder has been fun and a great confidence booster, I have been contemplating deleting it. Has our generation gotten so desperate that we need two people to anonymously like each other in order to hook-up? By downloading Tinder I have been part of us forgetting what love is about and skipping straight to sex. This app just makes me question if college students believe in romance anymore?
By: Leah Sheperd
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