i’ve always been hesitant about online dating. i’ve always just pictured meeting and it being very awkward. but SO many people i know have been on or and actually have gone on somewhat normal dates. (mixed with some pretty hilarious encounters as well) so i figured, hey why not at leeeeeast sign up and see what it’s all about, right? i’m single, i should try new things.

i must admit it’s pretty entertaining to sit on tinder with your friends and swipe left left left with commentary. and sometimes you even swipe RIGHT which is very exciting. (for those of you that don’t know, that meansΒ you think they are hot or cool or whatever.)

for the most part, it’s a lot of guys who send you creepy messages (although i did get one that said “is your name google, because you have everything i’m searchin for” which i thought was pretty funny.)Β a few dudes thatΒ take pictures with selfie sticks, try to act too cool in their profile, and do NOT know how to take a profile pic.

but who knows, maybe there’s hope? have you had any luck on it? i’d love to hear about it!

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    Rena says:

    I know a really good friend who learnt to know her current husband exactly through online dating! Not only of this cause I think it is in each case a try worth πŸ™‚
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    Britney says:

    I tried Tinder at the beginning of this year and you are right! Its so fun to go through with your friends. Only went on one date and then just haven’t gone on it for months. I think its fun to chat with other people you would never necessarily meet! There are some cool guys out there, and then also not so cool guys. Just like in real life πŸ™‚ Might go back on it, who knows.

    Jen says:

    Don’t do it, Bri! I tried it for a like 3 days total. It was fun the first day, but felt so shallow 3rd day in. I’ve always found meeting people naturally just felt more…right. Real? Unless you’re looking to have “fun”. I’ve heard that’s all it’s good for, haha.

    Brandy says:

    You signed up?! Sold. No rules! Life just happens. Could be fun(ny). Now I want to do it.. ya know, as long as I’m in good company. Tell Jen. Let’s hope we’re stable enough to handle the possibilities. x

    Jess says:

    When my friend first convinced me to sign up, she explained it in the best way. It’s basically just the digital version of going to a bar and scanning the room for dudes you think are cute, and then deciding if you want to talk or not. Yes, many people just use it to hook-up, but that happens in person, too! I’ve been on a few dates, and so far each guy was super nice, just nothing that stuck yet. It’s worth a shot!

    Jennifer says:

    I agree with Jess! It is just like scanning a bar to see if there’s someone you might want to talk to. I have a friend who met her boyfriend on Tindr, and I met my husband online, as did my bestie. So it DOES work! Good luck!

    Laura D says:

    Good luck. Be spontaneous. And check your expectations. I went on more than 20 Tinder dates this summer and I had a blast. You could call me an expert. But I just deleted my account yesterday. So I guess that makes me a consultant because I’m retired. Anyway just don’t take it too seriously and it will be tons of fun.

    Amy K says:

    Toronto is so big on Tinder…there seems to be an unlimited amount of swipes. Give it a go! You’ll probably get a free beer out of it…

    Brittni says:

    i’ve been on tinder for awhile now & mostly it keeps me entertained when i’m bored doing laundry. it was a little scary at first but now i see it as a fun way of meeting up with people that i wouldn’t normally get to meet with my everyday routine in this large city (i’m in la too)! recently i met a guy that i really like! good luck to you πŸ™‚

    Ella says:

    Yes another sista on tinder! I gave it ago last year and living in London it was a lot of fun!! But then after a while I realised it’s actually a lot of effort. I wrote a little article about some of the dates I went on:

    Amy K says:

    Here is a really great blog written by a Toronto comedian who went on 50 first Tinder dates…she tells it like it is, it put my mind at ease:


    Colleen says:

    It’s definitely fun to have a glass of wine and swipe through a bunch of dudes. You can tell A LOT about people from how they choose to represent themselves in the app! But in all seriousness, I got together with my current boyfriend because of Tinder, so you should definitely give it a shot! You never know…

    Lauren says:

    Tinder is the best! Here are my suggestions: never swipe after 11pm. After that the creepy message factor goes way up. If you’re interested in someone, try to get off the app as quickly as possible…normally I’ll just say “here’s my number, let me know if you want to go out sometime!” Set up as many dates as you can fit in your schedule. That keeps me from dwelling on any one guy who may or may not be as interested in me as I am in them. And most importantly, find out what the guy is looking for. For me, it’s ok if they’re looking for a fun one night type deal but I like to know that going in…saves a lot of stress when you’re trying to figure out why they aren’t texting you after you hang out. And a side note on that…I feel like women are too scared to say that they are looking for a boyfriend. If that’s what you want and that doesn’t line up with the guy’s goals…then on to the next one! Happy swiping!

    Sally says:

    I’ve been with my fella since before Tinder came about, BUT I met him on Guardian Soulmates so count myself as an internet dating success story (we’re getting married next year :). I had a few, let’s say, ‘interesting’ encounters too, but it’s all part of the fun and makes for funny blog fodder in the end! Even if you don’t meet your perfect match, it’s a great way to build your confidence and find out what you do and don’t want in a fella. And like you say, if nothing else it’s a great excuse for a glass of wine and a giggle with the girls while you swipe πŸ™‚ Good luck! x

    Lauren says:

    Oh and side note: I’ve actually met a handful of awesome guys on there. Also some complete losers. But either way…always good practice meeting with new people! Practice those dating skills!

    Danielle says:

    I found my boyfriend on Tinder. Met him on date #2 (after an awkward encounter with a former cop). We’ve now been dating for 8 months. I couldn’t imagine my life with anyone more in-tune with my personality or respectful of my quirks/ticks. I tend to feel more awkward meeting people in person, and when you think of it, online dating provides more chances to meet more varied personalities that can mesh better with yours.

    Amanda says:

    I’ve tried a couple other dating sites but not Tinder. It was totally something out of my comfort zone and even though I haven’t met that special someone yet, I have gone on many “normal” dates with guys I met online. I think it’s been a good experience for me to get out and try new things just like you said. And of course, there are so many times when I’ll screen shot a cheesy line and send it to my friends for a good laugh. Good luck with your dating adventures!

    Caroline says:

    I’ve been on a bunch of awesome tinder dates this summer! Honestly, I think it gets a bad rap. There are all types of people on there looking for all different types of things, just like in real life. You definitely have to go through a lot of frogs to find a prince, but that’s part of the fun! My recommendation is go in with no expectations, just have fun with it and see what happens! Good luck πŸ™‚

    Victoria says:

    I met my husband on eharmony! I’ve found that paid dating services tends to weed out the creep-azoid dudes. We’ve been happily married for a year and a half now and are expecting our first child this January! Highly recommend online dating! Good luck bri! xo

    Cassandra says:

    Hey girl. Online dating can be a hoot. It can also evidently plop the perfect person right in front of you when you least expect it. It’s not for everyone, but for about a year I fully submerged myself in online dating and hookups. After many odd, hilarious, endearing, and heartbreaking encounters, I was just about to give up. I almost stood up this guy on a date, and now we’ve been together for 3 years and are engaged. We found each other on Ok Cupid (also known as Ok Stupid). I had also been on Plenty of Fish, which is pretty sleazy but I did meet a couple of good guys on there. I refused to use anything I had to pay for because I was a broke college student.

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    Bailey says:

    I’ve never tried online dating but I have several guy friends who do, so I’m always interested in their stories. I’m freshly single myself after being in a relationship for 7 years, so I suppose at some point I’m going to have to start dating again… still feels so bizarre. πŸ™

    Lauren says:

    Shoutout to comment #16 Danielle – we’re basically twins. I also met my boyfriend on Tinder and we’ve been together for 7 months. After a 7 year relationship ended, I got on Tinder just for a laugh and ended up going on one really terrible date and one really fantastic date and the rest is history πŸ™‚ It is, if nothing else, a fantastic self esteem boost to see how many guys think youre cute. And who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone great! Cheers!

    Aubrey says:

    I haven’t personally tried, however my good friend is now in a committed relationship with someone she met on Tinder; so there’s that.

    Amanda says:

    I was anti-online dating for the longest time, but after losing a fantasy football bet to my best friend who had been encouraging me for months, I was forced to sign up. Tinder wasn’t very popular then; I did match.com. I was new to the area and viewed it as a way to meet others to hang out and do things with, not necessarily the most romantic approach. I did get some hilariously creepy emails or others that didn’t want to get serious, but proposed via email so it was mildly entertaining. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how many decent guys were online as well. They were career-driven, social, and nice, but hadn’t met anyone special yet, similar to what my friends and I experienced in our twenties. Not to sound like the cheesy commercials, but it sometimes works out. I met my fiance online and we are insanely happy. Good luck! At least the stories will be good regardless πŸ™‚

    Carrie says:

    My cousin is getting married to his Tinder date in March! It happens!

    Jessica says:

    I met my fiancΓ© on OkCupid (this is pre-Tinder), we are getting married next October! I will say I had terrible, terrible luck with OKCupid for a long time (years) and met a lot of duds and a few friends. I’m the first person my fiancΓ© messaged and the only one he ever met from OKC. It can work out! Definitely don’t be nervous and be open minded! Good luck!

    Jamie says:

    good luck, I have many friends that met online.. gotta stay put there!! πŸ™‚

    Ali says:

    Hey Bri! I found love on Tinder! My boyfriend and I are celebrating our 6 month anniversary today!!! Good luck! It’s totally worth it. πŸ™‚

    Jess Zimlich says:

    It’s funny that you brought this up, because my sister and her long-term bf broke up about the time you became newly single. She tried tinder and said it was a little overwhelming for her taste and she had a few awkward “let’s just be friends dates” but she met one guy and they’ve hit it off pretty well! I’m excited to hear more after a few more swipes πŸ˜‰

    Lauren Bernal says:

    I met my boyfriend on Tinder! We’ve been together a year and a half. It took me 4 guys to get to him (3 were awkward and 1 guy I dated for a month) but it’s lookin’ good πŸ™‚ Plus it is really fun!

    Amy says:

    I’ve had a few guys who are genuinely interested to meet you and get to know you. Other times…well, they have other intentions. But all part of the game, right? Sift through the muck to get to the surface lol.

    Taylor says:

    As weird as this sounds, I met my boyfriend on there! Its not something I am crazy about telling people but I definitely think there are some success stories out there! I am extremely happy πŸ™‚ Happy swiping!

    Courtney says:

    I met my fiancee on Tinder πŸ™‚ It can’t hurt to try–you never know who you might meet. Worst case scenario you’ll have some funny stories to share with friends.

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    Jessica says:

    I met my boyfriend on OKCupid. We’ve now been together for 3.5 years and live together. Online dating is such a great way to meet people you’d never come across otherwise!

    Flor says:

    Do it! Do it! I met my husband on Meetic! Of course you have to pass your share of weird chat sessions before you find someone you like, but there are great guys there just because you are a great woman and you are there too, most of the guys have the same reasons women have to be there. Besides, it’s a great way to meet people you wouldn’t come across in your everyday life -I’m argentinian and my husband is spanish, so we couldn’t have make it without the internet! So I say go, girl!

    Brianna says:

    YES! I have had great success on Tinder. I have met several guys that will forever be GREAT GREAT friends. I’ve been on several dates that all were good, but nothing that I saw to become longterm….that was up until this past weekend!!! I can confidently say that I am STOKED about whats ahead as far as my love life goes πŸ™‚ this one is worth the chance <3 Good luck you gorgeous lady!!!

    I love using my friend’s Tinder accounts! So much fun! Best of luck with your experience!

    My friends like to use Tinder when they’re bored, not to find someone to be in a relationship with, but just to have fun πŸ˜› -Audrey |

    Rebekah says:

    Don’t be nervous! I met my husband (also the best man I know) online. We’ve been together nearly 12 years now.

    laura says:

    Oh Bri!
    Sometimes your posts just make me squeal with happiness. I swear we are living parallel lives. SO often the things you are going through (separation, anxiety, work / life stress and now tinder) are SO on par with what is happing in my world. Good luck with Tinder! Wish me luck too. Eeeek, there are a lot of creeps, but hopefully some gems too xx

    kim boswell says:

    I had tried eharmony, after a breakup and feeling lonely admittedly, and met a great great guy on there. We had a few dates and all that but ended up being friends but I have always thought of him as seriously a great person. Online dating isn’t just for creepers! However, I can’t stress enough how the recent breakup made me turn to online dating, and really should have spent the time being ok with being single and taking the time to enjoy the awesomeness of myself.

    Madi says:

    After wading through many a creepy message on OKCupid, I found an absolutely amazing person that I’m sharing my life with. It hasn’t always been easy, but he is such an amazing man and I’m glad that I put up with the weirdness πŸ™‚

    Good Luck!

    Briana says:

    I met my husband on Match and we’ll have been married for five years on Saturday!

    Online dating is full of craziness but give it a shot! You never know who you’ll meet.

    Samm says:

    I actually met my current boyfriend on OkCupid last year! I know there’s such a stigma that’s attached to these websites, but I can attest for the percentage of people that it has worked for.

    We’ve been together now for over a year πŸ™‚ You’re amazing, so I think you should totally give it a shot! You never know who you may end up meeting.

    anne says:

    on a whim (and in the middle of another tedious afternoon with a soon-to-be-ex boyfriend) i registered for match.com. i then broke up with the boyfriend — it wasn’t a big deal, it was long overdue and no regrets on either side. dating emails started rolling in. some were awful. (do ex-cons or prisoners join these sites?) anyway. i went on 2 dates, two guys. the third guy sounded really nice. we emailed back and forth for awhile (weeks maybe) and eventually talked on the phone for hours. finally, we met for coffee. we took it slowly and gradually. no rushing on either side. that was over 4 years ago. we’ve now been living together for 2+ years. our families are happy. we are happy. it’s all good. no…great! best thing i’ve ever done. best man i’ve ever met. he’s a doctor and i’m an artist — never would have happened without online dating. go for it and keep an open mind. but take it slow when you meet a nice one.

    Mary K Fuller says:

    I was on tinder for 3 weeks, and I only talked to one guy. That guy is now my boyfriend πŸ™‚ We just celebrated 4 months of dating, and it’s been 4.5 months since he messaged me on Tinder. It’s not likely that this happens, because neither of us were looking for a relationship or a quick hookup. But here we are, happy as can be. <3

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    Vera says:

    Hahaha although that is a pretty awful pickup line, it’s also quite hilarious. I have no experience whatsoever with online dating, but I think it’s great you try new things! Getting out of that comfort zone has never been a bad thing, right?

    kristin says:

    I used to think online dating was only something crazy desperate people did. And then I started warming up to the idea and decided to give it a whirl. I ended up meeting my husband on Plenty of Fish and now we have a daughter together! It’s not as crazy an idea as some people think it is! The only advice about it I can give is be brutally honest about what you’re looking for. I didn’t have a picture yet and my hubs ed me based on my profile alone!

    steph says:

    Actually I tried it for the first time this year ( I have never done online dating before) and was looking to meet folk outside of my usual circle. Then I met the man of my dreams! Now we are moving in together! we hit it off almost instantly – although i didn’t message him back for three months after the first bit of communication…. as I preferred to be pretty loose about the whole online dating thing – i actually had turned off notifications so i wasn’t obsessing about it and actually chatted to some pretty interesting people.

    I think the trick is to post real things you actually like (agree with kristin above) – as well as use pics of you doing things you enjoy or want in someone else (ie you both enjoy) – I’m creative and i got responses from a lot of musicians and design types – so it really worked for me!!!

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    First off, I love your blog! I am a new reader and now check it everyday.

    Secondly, I don’t normal comment but had to on this!
    I moved to London last year after a terrible break up in Paris with the man I thought I would marry. I thought I would never meet anyone ever again.
    Last October I went on tinder and met someone very special. We have been together a year and I’ve never been happier. I am a very cynical person but tinder has actually worked for me and a few of my friends! Enjoy! x

    Carrie says:

    I met someone really special off of tinder. I think the thing is you have to go in with no expectation and just see where it leads. Maybe you make a friend, maybe you wind up with a relationship, and worst case, you have a funny story. Just make sure to meet in a well lit public space. And maybe watch last weeks new girl on this topic for tips πŸ˜‰

    Marissa says:

    Ummm, it’s GREAT entertainment. I’ve only been on a couple meet ups, but they were both fun experiences. Mostly I love it because I’m curious about people and the social experiment aspect of it all. So many creative/hilarious dudes with the weirdest photos and off-the-wall profiles! I’m definitely skeptical and hesitant with it bc of how it’s obviously spurred off of superficiality. My advise: Be cautious, take it for what it’s worth, and enjoy it – at the very least – for all the good laughs it will bring!

    Olivia says:

    It took me about a year after my big breakup (5 years) to get on Tinder and within a month I found someone really special. In between meeting him and signing up, I went on many casual dates that were a lot of fun too. I knew when I saw his profile pic that we were going to be a good match. He lives about an hour away and right before I matched with him I changed my distance preferences to 60 miles… fate I guess. We are having a lot of fun.

    xio says:

    I def recommend trying it out! It’s a great way to open up your circle and meet someone new. Sure, you can meet someone naturally, but it doesn’t hurt to take some action on your part. Short dates are best first dates – like meeting up for coffee – to get a quick feel if there is chemistry and possibility. I met my guy on okcupid 2 years ago and we got married last month. I signed up for the same reason, not exactly planning to meet the man of dreams but hoping to get more comfortable with dating, no expectations. Somehow, I got lucky! Have fun!:) PS. thanks for the tulum guide, just got back and it was amazing!! xo

    Jac says:

    I tried online dating for a few months right before I met my husband and it’s such a strange thing. Like your friends, I have such a mix of hilarious & awesome (and one kind of scary one :/)

    My advice: meet them right away before chatting too much. Less time to form any preconceptions, and a lot less room for disappointment.

    Good luck!

    Katia says:

    The best is when your sister calls you saying she saw two of your exes on Tinder with the funniest profiles ever. Yup! That was a real giggly phone call I got this week… !

    Amber says:

    I met my boyfriend on plenty of fish (which is known for hookups and the crazies). Luckily, he and I hit it off and have been together for almost two years.

    I will admit I had an older man try message me multiple times that he would pay me to be the “beautiful woman” on his arm. It was crazy lol I eventually had to block him to stop hearing from him

    fin says:

    Well Bri, I may be the only one on here who’s had success, but after quite a few hilarious/cringeworthy Tinder fails, I actually found me a gem. Been with my boyfriend for over a year now πŸ™‚ keep on keeping on ladies!

    Ana says:

    Tinder sounds nerve-wracking, but I met my husband through OKCupid! (After lots of kind of amusing dates with other people.)

    Rebecca says:

    I met my boyfriend on tinder and this has, so far, been the best relationship I have ever been in. I’m actually in the midst of teaching my coworker my tinder ways, because with any good dating app there are things to avoid and things to look deeper into.

    Christy says:

    My brother met his wife on tinder! And my best friend is engaged to the man of her dreams from an online dating site. It works! There are cool people like you on there, too! But just like anywhere in life, there will always be creeps and weirdos. You can do it! Keep swiping!

    Sam says:

    I am not sure about Tinder, but I met my absolutely perfect boyfriend on eHarmony. I was so hesitant to join but I can’t believe I found him. We have been together a year and a half, we never fight, we have the best time and never stop laughing. We are perfect for each other, could not be a better match. He’s moving in with me in a few weeks and I couldn’t be happier. I say take every opportunity that comes your way. Don’t take anything too seriously and have fun and you never know what will come of it!!

    Polly says:

    I tried Tinder briefly when I was single! I agree with the person who said to get them off the app as soon as possible. It’s better to chat in real life than to find out everything about them on Tinder. After you’ve figured out as much as you can that they’re not a weirdo of course. Also, always let someone know where you’re going when you meet them, just in case… And have fun πŸ™‚ I went on 2 Tinder dates and although I didn’t want to see them again, they were both lovely people and I had a really nice evening.

    anna says:

    It was 1998 when I started to use IRC, after that I started to write a blog, trough which I met a huge number of people…(I made some good friendships that still lasts and dates as well, which were shorter) it was 1998 when I 1st met a guy….I went from my city to the capital (I was very young – 14) and our friendship started well, he had a crush on me, I haven’t heh, nevertheless, we stayed in a good relationship…after that I did some not so smart decisions when I was “talking” – writing mails and doing communication on massanger for hours and days….Im very talkative, very open to communicate about everything, but this relations very emotionaly exhausting…well, at that time, I found it mysterious, somehow deep and entertaining – it was a new wave….you can get so deep in knowing someone, but its just not right to make that kind of relationships. You have to have a real one, to feel that person from so many points of view…we are in 21st century and datings has change a lot – I don’t like to start with a help of web, but if this is one chance that you are ok with it, give urself a try. Just stay on the solid ground and don’t hang with guys online. Make real relations eye to eye and have live communication. πŸ™‚

    Stephanie says:

    I met my boyfriend on Tinder. There are some funny stories that led to finding him, but once in a while a knight shows up in the midst of the duds.

    Good luck!!

    Mae says:

    I got on Tinder almost two years ago as a joke (as you’ve probably discovered, it’s pretty hilarious to see the absurd things people post), but then soon after, shiz got real and I met the man I’m now planning to marry. I’ve seen people have a wide variety of experiences using it (good and bad and terrible), but just know that sometimes great things can happen πŸ™‚ He and I basically circled each others’ lives for over a decade (lived in the same apartment complex, attended the same events, I know for sure that he probably served me meals many times at the cafeteria where I ate during my freshman year of college, etc..) but somehow we never met, and probably never would have without the help of this digital insanity.

    Anyways, this is all to say good luck and have fun πŸ˜‰

    Emilie says:

    met my boyfriend of 7 months on tinder! Just go in with an open mind, thats what I did and I could not be happier.

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