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Tinder - A Catch-Up Guide To How It Works

14/08/2014 16:36 | Updated 22 May 2015

There's a certain face I pull when I look through my "recent calls" after a big night out. It's a mix between a wince and a gasp. Smudge your make-up all over your face and try it now!

Last Sunday I woke up and to my horror, was my ex-boyfriend's number. But luckily, I realised - from a couple of other choice messages I sent out - that I was after just sex. Probably. I don't know. It was probably just sex. Maybe.

The weekend that just past I was determined not to make the mistakes I'd almost made the week before. There was a big girls night planned and I was determined to not drag anyone from my past kicking and screaming into it.

I meet a friend I haven't seen in a long time who's a glamorous, gym freak accountant that surely has no problem finding men. She whips out her phone and says something that will go on to cause me great amusement all night "have you tried Tinder?"

What is Tinder?

I'm a bit late to this game. It claims to be a "social discovery" app. You connect via your Facebook page (and that's where it takes your profile picture from). It determines where you are and matches you to other people close by. I don't think many people use it for platonic new friendships.

What do you do?

There's not a lot of options so it's painfully simple. You flick through a stack of photos and simply decide yes or no. While I was on my friend's version I clicked that she was interested in everyone - and if they say yes too it pops up with a little message to let you know you're both into each other then you can chat. Super organic and not like a human catalogue.

So did I see anyone I know?

I did see a couple of friends on it who'd normally get mocked if I hadn't had to be on the app to see them there in the first place. Do I admit to being on a flash-dating app just so I can rip into someone else who was doing the same thing? I don't think so.

Have I had any successful matches?

I had a couple of matches. One of them I did actually know which is uncomfortable because he has a girlfriend. He did get a talking to the next morning, but it was more of a "what are you up to? Don't be that guy". Other than that I'm debating whether to take the other set ups further. So please, connect with our comments section. I need to know if any of you have had any successful Tinder hook-ups? Or any disaster stories. I prefer disaster stories. Please tell me your disaster stories.

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