In the technology generation, we all know that the main source of finding dates is by going on an app or online. It has become a mainstream way of meeting other singles in your area. Phrases like, “swipe right, swipe left or power swipe” are all common sayings understood by the entire millennial generation. For those of you who don’t know what that means, here is the break down:
- Swipe right: You like the person’s profile (or pictures, let’s be honest here.)
- Swipe left: You don’t like the person’s profile
- Power swipe: Swiping as fast to the right as possible to see how many matches you can get in the shortest amount of time.
Tinder and Bumble are the most common of these dating apps that millennials use. The main reason is because of convenience and cost. Since it’s an app on your phone, you don’t have to actually go to a computer to message the person or look for new potential partners. The cost is attractive because it’s free!
After a pair has matched on the app, hopefully it will lead to meeting them in person. This is where the real fun begins.
I’ve talked with a few of my friends who have used these apps and the stories that come are sweeter than wine. Sure, there are times when you meet the person for the first time and everything goes smoothly, but more likely than not, everyone has a story where it didn’t go as well.
Let’s check it out.
Ella’s Story: Crash and Burn
This past summer I was on Bumble and I was going to meet this guy for the first time. The plan was to meet at Seven Corners Pub in Minneapolis. I drove there, as I was borrowing my parent’s car for a few months since they were out of town. Anyway, I found a place to park on the street, got out of the car and locked it. As I got to the crosswalk, the green light turned and the white walk sign flashed. I was looking down at my phone as I started walking in the crosswalk. I was texting my best friend about this date I was going on in case I went missing and ended up on the 6:00 news. Then out of nowhere I got hit by a car!
This lady was trying to run a red light, hit me square in the thigh knocking me off balance and I fell onto the hood of the car. Shocked, I look at her through the windshield, adrenaline rushing through my veins. Then this woman does the most unexpected thing. She waves and smiles! Yes, waves at me as I lay on the hood of her car because she hit the pedestrian walking across the road. WTF?! I know if I ever hit someone, I wouldn’t wave at them. What is that? It’s not the friendliest way to say hi to a person. Come on lady. I bet she hits people all the time, just to get a good wave in. I slide off the hood of the car and the lady just drives off. Still a little stunned, I walk into Seven Corners Pub to meet my date. Needless to say, I had a great icebreaker.
The date was only okay. The guy was a med student and nice, but just not my type. Once the date was finished, I had to cross that same dreadful crosswalk again. This time I made sure there were no cars coming who could potentially hit me. Finally, I got to my car to find a ticket under my windshield wiper. Are you kidding me?! Not only did I get hit by a car and have a mediocre date, but also I get a ticket just to top it off. Needless to say, I didn’t see the guy again.
Anna’s Story: Profile Deceit
I finally tried out this Tinder app, just to see what it was about since all of my friends were talking about it. I matched with a guy who I decided to meet up with. Based on his profile, I gathered that he was 5’ 11”, into sports and is a foodie. We decided to meet at Rojo in West End for happy hour. I got there before he did, so I took a seat at a high top table.
A few minutes later, a guy who looked like the person in the profile pictures came up to me. As I sat on the chair, I had to look down to him as he climbed up on the high chair. I tried to hide the shock on my face because I didn’t want to offend him, but my gosh, he was not 5’ 11”. He was barely 5 feet.
Since this was my first Tinder date and I didn’t exactly know what to do, I thought, “Well, I’ll just get some good food and drinks out of the deal.” After ordering our food, he asked me if I had any pets. I responded that I had just bought a kitten that week. All of a sudden, he tells me to wait a second and he pulls out his phone to show me the wallpaper. It’s a photo of him and this Siamese cat. It didn’t stop there. I then proceeded to listen to about ten stories of this guy’s cat. Again, I tried to hide the shock on my face as he was so into talking about his cat.
Finally, we finished our food and I was able to escape the short cat man. As I climbed in the driver’s seat of my car, I pulled out my phone and deleted the app.
Jen’s Story: First Date or Therapy Session?
I showed up to my second date of the night, a later happy hour, to meet up with a guy I met on Tinder. When I showed up, this dude was huge, like so muscular I thought he could pull a tree straight out of the ground. I go up to say hi and introduce myself and the first thing he says to me is, “I hope my physical appearance doesn’t scare you.” First of all, it did, but I wasn’t going to tell him that and secondly, why would you ever use that as an opening line?
Anyway, we go into the restaurant, order food and the conversation starts flowing. At first it was fine, but then I started noticing the insecure comments he kept saying about himself. Which then lead to him opening up as if I was his therapist. To make matters more interesting, he brings up a story about another girl that “everyone at his work” thinks he should be dating. At this point, I really wanted to leave, but he kept talking, like didn’t even take a breath. I was able to get a word in and ended up telling him that everything was going to be okay and that he would be in a relationship one day. Finally, I was able to escape the chatterbox guy as I eyed down the server to get the bill so we could leave.
As we can see from the stories of my friends, online dating is always interesting, even as it’s becoming the norm for most millennials. Some people have success, but there are always a few good stories of awkward moments in the mix. With all of this swiping left or right on the online dating apps, the stories only continue to grow as strangers meet for the first time in person.
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