Tinder is everybody’s favorite app that nobody will admit to using. The app is quickly becoming one of the most used dating tools in cities across the country, and State College is no exception.
For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, Tinder allows people to select “yes” or “no” on a photo of a particular person located in the same area. That person will have the same option, and if two people in the same area “swipe” yes to each other’s photo, it is considered a match and a the two users can decide to chat. Here’s a comprehensive GQ profile on the practice — things can get pretty awkward with the virtual dating market in a town like State College where there are very few degrees of separation.
Anyone who uses Tinder regularly knows there’s a pattern, depending on where you’re using it. Here are the top ten kinds of people you’ll find on Tinder at Penn State:
1. The One Who Looks Nothing Like Their Pictures
Don’t be fooled by good angles.
2. That One Person You See Everywhere On Campus
You see them everywhere from the HUB to the Creamery, and now on Tinder too.
Young and searching for their one true love. Tinder is obviously the perfect place to look.
4. The One with Pictures of Themself Holding a Dead Deer/Trophy Animal
Only in Central PA…
Probably too cool and intellectual to talk to you, most likely seen through a mirror selfie.
6. The One Still Using Pictures of Themselves as a High School Athlete
You may have been the star quarterback at State High, but it’s time to move on.
7. Schreyer Kids
Their description probably includes the words “nice guy” and “engineering.”
8. The One You Know IRL
Despite the fact that a lot of students use Tinder, I always freak out when I come across someone I know.
Creeps are the bread and butter of Tinder. Half of the fun of dating apps is seeing what kind of messages you get. What’s not fun is having to worry about somebody watching you through your dorm window.
10. Visiting Athletes
They want to score more than just goals. Shout out to Michigan State hockey on this one.