Welcome to clickbait, suckers. No, not really. But you all seem to have a voyeuristic fascination with online dating apps, donâ€™t you?
People, particularly women, always keep asking me about Tinder. â€œIsnâ€™t it like for hook-ups?â€ Well, not particularly. You might be thinking about Grindr or Blendr or some such less savoury app. Then again you might not, because Tinder certainly has a bad reputation, a lot of it undeserved. It is really just a smartphone-friendly version of the more â€œtraditionalâ€ internet dating websites, like Plenty Of Fish or RSVP, albeit faster, sharper and arguably a lot shallower.
The problem is, I tell them, that men will use any avenue to try to get laid. Iâ€™m pretty sure there are guys this very moment on ChristianSingles.com and CatholicMatch.com trying to hook up.
So just like every other dating site, mostly men will try to use it to trawl for sex, and mostly women will try to use it for something more serious. So donâ€™t blame Tinder per se; itâ€™s all guysâ€™ fault. I apologise on behalf of mankind (gender specifically). In fact, most womenâ€™s profiles on Tinder nowadays contain a disclaimer along the lines of â€œNot looking for NSAâ€ or â€œIf youâ€™re just after sex swipe leftâ€. I doubt it stops any horny men.
But itâ€™s not wholly menâ€™s fault. This is, after all, the 21st century, and generations of women fighting for equality have won todayâ€™s young women the right to be as bad as men. Are men on Tinder as open about it? Waiting for my female, Tinder-exposed, readers to let me know.
Exhibits A to E below. And no, my dear voyeurs, I havenâ€™t matched with any of them.