Reddit Users Share Horror Stories from Dating App Tinder
According to SMH.com, Tinder is a dating app in which users “swipe right” to match with potential suitors. Since swipes are usually made based on an impulsive attraction, it’s no surprise that some relationships go awry before they can ever blossom.
Sharing embarrassing stories from Tinder has become a favorite pastime of millennials, and a thread started last Wednesday on Reddit is allowing Tinder users to commiserate over their failed romances on the app.
“What is your Tinder horror story?” the thread’s author asked his fellow Redditors. In just one day, the thread generated over 14,200 entertaining comments and anecdotes of Tinder conversations gone wrong.
Many of the stories are short and sweet, encapsulating everything Tinder has become in just a few simple words.
“Got a Tinder notification on my phone…realized I don’t have Tinder and was holding my girlfriend’s phone,” said user JazzFan419.
“Matched with my cousin,” user DonsMagic humbly admitted.
Other stories are a bit more long-winded, including one account of a woman who went on a date with a “famous chef” that she met on the app, only to have him urinate on her after a night of drinking.
About 71% of people believe in love at first sight, and Tinder is perfect for those who are seeking an instant physical attraction. However, online daters who desire a more personal dating experience may want to try Happn.
According to the New York Post, Happn is a new online dating app that matches users who are looking for a second chance after a fleeting flirtation in public.
Didier Rappaport, CEO of Happn, believes that his app is a much better option than Tinder for singles who are looking for a long-term relationship.
“Frankly speaking, the swipe is an amazing invention,” said Rappaport. “But when you apply the concept of the swipe to a human being, you transform the human being into an object.”
Happn is mainly used in large metropolitan areas like New York City, where the hustle and bustle of daily life can lead to some missed romantic connections. Rappaport added that this initial attraction creates a sense of familiarity between users that Tinder cannot provide.
“With our app, you do not swipe through people so easily with your hand,” he said. Instead, “you approach people, you are struck by someone, you start to talk.”
Launched in Feb. 2014, Happn already has 10 million registers users worldwide. Despite the app’s success, Tinder still boasts five times more active users than Happn.
However, if Tinder’s popularity is any indication of what Happn could eventually become, it won’t be long before a new Reddit thread is started — “What is your Happn horror story?”