Swiping for love in all the wrong places


By SIR GAREN GRAYSON, Staff Reporter |

It is crazy how much the dating scene has changed since I was in school. Back then, if you wanted to talk to someone you had to wait until after 7 p.m. to have unlimited texting and be off the phone before 12:01 a.m. to avoid the extra charges. You also had some semblance of what to talk about since you somewhat knew about each other. 

Nowadays, you match with someone on a dating app like Tinder or Bumble and hope that the conversation actually goes somewhere, with the worst part being you get a match and actually have a conversation, because I truly hate texting.

I remember matching with someone I had seen around school and hitting her up via Tinder, talking about casual stuff to get a conversation going, just for her to ignore me both on the app and in life. 

Online dating is tougher than meeting someone in person and getting a conversation going, with the biggest reason being that online I have no way to gauge if the other person is actually rocking with the conversation unless they stop replying. 

Despite the changes in dating, I have realized the more things change, the more other things stay the same. Like on Bumble, women are the ones who must instigate the conversation after you match. I rarely hear from my matches and often I am sitting there wondering, “Why in the hell did they swipe right?” 

Then I remember how I used to constantly suicide swipe – that, is swipe right on everyone – just to see who I matched with for the slight ego boost, leaving hella messages unread. I am a hypocrite. 

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