Tinder app might ignite love, but more likely to bring hookups

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It’s 6 p.m. and sophomore Jackie Vergara is frantically moving around her dorm room, stilettos in one hand and flats in another. She’s desperately trying to figure out which shoes would perfectly match the sexy red dress that she bought for her date with Luis, a guy she met on Tinder.

It seems like today all of our social lives are documented in the vast abyss of the Internet. With the advent of social media, we have become so dependent on these forums to make business partnerships, friendships and, most recently, romantic relationships.

One of the social media giants in the dating arena is Tinder. On college campuses all around the nation, young people are busy swiping left or right, in hopes of finding love…or lust. They’re having deep conversations with people and potentially going out on meaningful dates that lead to strong, committed relationships.

I kid. The outcome is usually a meaningless one night hook-up, but people connect through Tinder nonetheless.

Now, I am not at all saying that it is impossible to find love on Tinder, but it shouldn’t be a goal. If Tinder-users’ sole purpose is to find love, they will find disappointment instead. But if users just sign on with the intent to simply have fun, then love might find them; if it doesn’t, then there are no disappointments.

So, Tinder is essentially another Hot or Not, OkCupid! or Badoo. The goal is to find someone attractive. Users download the app from the app store and have to automatically link it to their Facebook. Then they are prompted to select up to five photos from their Facebook page. Users can adjust the settings to indicate the gender and age group they are attracted to. After that, users are ready to Tinder!

On one’s mobile devices, when an image pops up of a male or female, users have the option to either swipe left or right. Swiping right indicates that interest in the person; swiping left indicates the opposite. If the other person also swipes right, then the user receives an over-zealous instant message from Tinder saying: IT’S A MATCH! They are then prompted to privately message the person through the app. Users can simply flirt or plan to meet up, but should be careful! Safety is definitely a huge concern when it comes to meeting people on apps like this.

“I was so nervous and so worried. I was just thinking, what if this dude is a total creeper?” Vergara said in retrospect. “I even got my friends to download an app to find me in case I went missing. Yea I know, yet another app.”

The true intention of the creators of Tinder, Justin Mateen, Sean Rad, Jonathan Badeen and Christopher Gulczynsk, is still a bit unclear. But what is an undisputable fact is that most college students use Tinder as a hookup site rather than a dating site. This is what Tinder is typically known for.

This is not to say there haven’t been successful romantic relationships formed within the swipes of Tinder, but the chances of that happening are very rare. Generally, Tinder seems to be a recipe for creepy encounters and stories that should never be recounted. But, for all guys and gals who are hoping to find love on Tinder, good luck.