Tinder has revolutionized Vancouver’s dating scene with a flick of the finger. For the single woman interested in sparking up a spring romance, this sexy little app has created an easy way to meet attractive single men within steps of your local stomping grounds. Whether you’re new to the game, or an expert in all things Tinder, we have interviewed a few veteran YVR users for some rules to steer us in the right direction…
Create a public profile that reflects your personality.
Sure, Tinder only offers a simple snapshot of who you are, but keep in mind that this tool will attract, or deter, potential mates. If you’re a quinoa-loving yogi who enjoys Vancouver’s lush outdoors, describe this in your bio and showcase a photo of you in tree pose. Remember to be as authentic as possible and you will attract like-minded men.
Swipe right to the majority of cuties who share common friends with you.
So maybe he’s not Ryan Gosling’s doppelganger, but chances are you two have a lot to chat about if you have mutual buddies. This will allow you to connect with each other on a personal level right off the bat. It’s also a strong indicator that he’s not a complete nut. And if he is, you’ll soon find out all the dirty details over brunch with your friend he went to college with.
Never set up a formal date on Tinder.
You might be scratching your head about this one, however, it’s important to always remember that Tinder is not eHarmony. To jump from stranger danger to an intimate hour-long dinner adds unnecessary pressure. Instead, suggest a casual coffee, a drink in your local neighbourhood, or throw out a last minute invite to a BBQ with your buddies. Keeping it relatively casual will allow you to take some time to get to know someone without going from 0 to 60 in no time flat.
When in doubt, swipe left.
If a guy is giving you the “no” feeling – whether he’s snapped a mirror selfie, his string of interests are limited to clubbing and tanning, or he can’t quite comprehend the difference between “to” and “too” in his bio – trust those instincts, girl. Use your better judgment just as you would in person. A red flag on Tinder is an alarm bell in the real world.
Be fun, flirty and independent.
These are three qualities that our Tinder queens own. First of all, remember never to take Tinder too seriously. Have fun with it. Flirt it up. And most importantly, Tinder should be used as an accessory in your life. Keep your personal connections, schedule and weekly commitments fired up. If you so happen to have a 30-minute gap for a quick cocktail with a cutie, then he’ll be so lucky.
Similarly to how you meet someone in the real world, Tinder is a game of chance. Don’t be discouraged by the process. Follow these rules to navigate seamlessly through the sea of men.
We’d love to hear your success stories and Tinder tips. Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.