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In response to the fact many of my friends are moving overseas right now, six weeks ago I decided on a social self-experiment: Can I use Tinder to make friends? "By the end of day one, I had matched with 30 people and initiated conversations with about 15.
The initial hours on day one of Tinder friend-making were exciting, confusing, and hectic. Intellectual with glasses, 27, multiple flag emojis (inferring multilingualism)? Irrationally, of course, because neither of us were trying to sleep with the other.
I've sat in the passenger seat of the "swipe left, swipe right" phenomenon with single friends before, but this time I was driving. Our chat had graduated from Tinder to Facebook Messenger, meaning I knew he was legitimate, and the days of preceding conversation lined up with who he was in real life. Tinder Friend Date number two went similarly, and had you asked me at this point how my experiment was going, I would have replied: "Easiest. Ever." That was until I got stood up by Tinder Friend Date number three.
It felt terribly uncomfortable choosing possible future friends based on their looks. Communication with me – which had been responsive and timely for 10 days – ceased 30 minutes prior to our organised meet-up.
I felt dismissive and judgmental from the outset, but knew it was part of the game and the only way to progress forward. Nonchalantly sipping my sad glass of wine alone, I knew then he was never to be heard from again.