Byline: Danielle Platt
I have used the dating app Tinder.
My experience with the app boils down to awkward experiences of seeing those that I have matched with, but never met, in the hallways of BYU-Idaho and avoiding eye contact.
Tinder can be a great way to meet people, or it can be a dating disaster.
"I started using Tinder because a roommate of mine was going on four plus dates a week," said Cierra Beck, a senior studying recreation management. "She told me it was a great way to meet people."
Tinder syncs with Facebook and allows you to swipe right to "like" and left to "dislike" or pass based on their profiles. If someone likes you back, then it is a "match" and allows you to message each other, according to the app's description.
Some matches do not go as planned and turn out to be a bad experience, or for some, it can be a fun time that they tell their friends about.
"When I was on a date with a guy, his roommates came home," said Taryn Stohlton, a junior studying exercise physiology. "They asked us how we met, and he quickly said, 'On campus.'"
Telling roommates or friends how you really met your date can bring you a little shame. A lot of people use Tinder on campus, and it is not a complete shock when someone says that they met on Tinder.
Breanne Cook, a junior studying English education, said matching with someone in your class can be sort of awkward also.
However, Tinder does provide some fun for the people who use it. You get to meet new people, and they may have some of the same interests as you, which can make the conversation easier.
"Interacting on social media with people feels more natural because you have some of the same interest as these people, yet they are still strangers," according to The Huffington Post.
Dating is something that is scary at first, but once you get on the date, that is when you really find out if the person is somebody you can be more than just friends, or if they are totally wrong for you.
"I went on a date with a guy who was nicknamed Crazy Kent," Beck said about a man she met on Tinder. "My friends warned me about him, but he had a motorbike so I did not listen. Nothing crazy happened -- I just liked his nickname and the idea of going on a ride with him."
Dating on Tinder is common, and when a guy takes you on a normal date, it is a nice change compared to some who are on the app for the wrong reasons.
"The best thing about Tinder is just seeing all the options on there," Stohlton said. "The worst part is running into people on campus that you recognized that you have matched with because it is awkward if you haven't had an actual conversation."
Many people have had that awkward date or an embarrassing story that came from using Tinder.
One story that I hear often from girls is how guys are so straightforward and the first thing they ask them on Tinder is if the girl wants to make out.
This is not the first thing a girl wants to hear. We want to be asked a few questions to get to know who we are talking to on a first date.
Make sure to be cautious about how you present yourself and what others are presenting to you when using the app, Stohlton said.
The app is fun and can lead to good outcomes, but you have to be smart when using it. Don't put yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable.
"Don't fake who you are," Stohlton said. "Let people know who you are instead of portraying yourself as something else. It's not a bad thing to be real."