Most people think that Tinder is a platform for hooking up. That’s undeniable, as it was created for that sole reason. Heck, I used to think that way too. However, recently, I’ve found out that there’s more to it than plain hooking up. It’s the perfect way to meet a multitude of people from different aspects of life, something that I would have otherwise not been exposed to.

Well, first off, just let me put it out there: I have a Tinder account and I’m not embarrassed to say that I’ve met a number of good people through it.

If it weren’t for them, I would have never been open to the various activities that I’ve done ever since arriving in America like backcountry hiking with dogs, Brazilian dinners, volunteering at shelters, doing community hours, camping, etc. They’ve shown me a new point of view that I’ve never known of before: different passions, point of views, ideologies. I’ve chatted with paramedics, lecturers, professional gamers, skiers, etc and it is interesting that people from different fields would have the same plane of thoughts or vice versa.

I’ve met people who genuinely care for my well-being – friends that would think of me whenever they do anything interesting – people whom I believe would take care of me if anything went wrong. I even met my lab partner for Soils class through Tinder.

Sure, you’ll meet weird people who show you dick pics or people who’d start preaching Satanism. There are people like this everywhere. Normally, I’ll just block them off or, occasionally, even entertain them (as weird as it may sound, it’s one of my favourite past times).

The best advice I can give is to never meet a random person without having a proper conversation with them. Before I go out with anybody, I always make sure that I spend more than 2 weeks talking to them and that all my friends know whatever I’m doing on that day. It’s always dangerous when you go out with somebody you’ve never met. You’d never know whom you might meet. What if the next person you meet is a rapist, a kidnapper or maybe even a serial killer? Be cautious 24/7.

I’ve been on Tinder for awhile now and I’ve never hooked up or even have anybody force me to do something against my will. Honestly, it just depends on what you’re looking for. I understand that this is not for everyone. We all have our own opinions and thoughts, for me, Tinder isn’t just about hooking up. It’s about meeting new people.



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