Tinder and dating apps wouldn’t have their popularity if there wasn’t some success rate. The connectivity of these apps has caused them to spread like wildfire, especially among college aged adults who like having their whole life in hand on their phone. To explore the world of dating apps and see how successful people think it is, I went to Instagram and posted a story on my personal account. I first posted a poll, polling my followers and asking if they have a “horror story” or “success” story. I had 10 votes for horror and 11 votes for success, which makes it 48 percent to 52 percent. I then asked my followers to share their dating app “success” stories with me, and let them interpret their own version of success. I was surprised by my responses, particularly by the fact that people were so open in revealing that their relationship with their significant other started off a dating app. Below are some of the messages I received:
@emkmoses “Still dating my bf from tinder for 2 years now :’)”
@laurenchristmas_ “Hayley and I met on Tinder and we have been dating for a year and a half!”
@sadietaylor “well i’m engaged to the person I started dating off tinder.”
@deshopeescue “I met my wonderful boyfriend on Tinder, and we have been together for almost six months.”
Sophomore Julie Sisler, another responder to my Instagram story, shared a little bit of her past success story with me:
Sisler met her now ex-boyfriend Josh on Tinder. Sisler says that their first date was “super awkward.” The two met at a theatre after talking on the app for 2 and a half weeks. Sisler says that Josh showed up in sweatpants and that it was “a little weird” but the two talked and were able to get comfortable with each other. The couple ended up dating for over two and a half years before they went their separate ways.
Sisler says that she thinks dating apps are useful, but terrible dates and dangerous situations are a possibility. She recommends adding them on Snapchat to make sure they are the same person in their photos and meeting them in a public place like she did with Josh.