I was first introduced to online dating by a classmate when I was in my 3rd year of university. She told me about Tinder–a new app that she was using and how she was going on many dates with various guys.
Her dates sounded amazing; she told me stories about how guys would show up to her place with flowers to take her to nice restaurants.
She suggested that I should try it out. As an introverted and slightly awkward 20-year old who had never had a boyfriend or kissed a guy, I gave online dating a try thinking that I had nothing to lose.
When I first started using Tinder, I had no idea how it worked. All I was doing was looking at people’s profiles and swiping left, wondering why I wasn’t getting any matches.
I soon realized that I had to swipe right for people that I was interested in. Although I was getting matches, I wasn’t talking to many people and soon got bored. I decided to look into other dating apps and downloaded Plenty of Fish and OKCupid.
Through the course of my online dating journey, I’ve been on many dates– many good and many bad. I’ve had the most success on Tinder compared to OKCupid and Plenty of Fish. Although Tinder carries a negative connotation, I found that the guys on OKCupid and Plenty of Fish were no better in quality than the guys on Tinder.
Here are 10 things I learned from online dating. Read to the end to find out why I quit!