Every year thousands of people dress up in costume and head down to Sullivan’s Island for Dunleavy’s Polar Bear Plunge. This past New Years Day, my friend and I dressed up as Tinder, a dating app I’ve found to be as equally agonizing as jumping into the freezing (okay maybe 50 degree) ocean.
Anyone dating during this “tinder era” has experienced the good and bad side of social media aiding to validate our desire for affirmation. Whether addicted to Tinder’s superficial allure or actually hoping to find true love, I recommend taking a look at the following Tinder do’s and taboos.
1. Do upload more than one photo.
2. Don’t upload multiple group shots making it a diversion to figure out which person is you.
3. Do understand that tinder is an ambiguous app that can naively match quality individuals looking for love with people looking to… well not looking for love. The tag line can be a good reference to help decipher the two.
4. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Being coy won’t get you far on Tinder.
5. Do block someone should you feel the need.
6. Don’t be too persistent.
7. Do edit the search distance and age preference accordingly.
8. Don’t catchfish* your date.
9. If you plan on meeting up, be safe and smart. Make sure a friend knows when and where you are meeting your match.
10. Be aware of what message your photos give. Office head shots should be reserved for Linked-In while shamless selfies for snap chat.
*A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.