If you’ve never heard of Bumble, imagine Tendr if it were yellow and themed after bees. If you’re not familiar with Tendr… Well, I’d say something about you being super out of it, but frankly, I’m a bit of a dinosaur myself, what with my OKcupid account and all.
I heard about Tendr through Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance. Before I go too far off topic, I recommend getting the book. Even if he decides to bitch out all the people who got the audio book. Because apparently you’re fucking lazy or illiterate if you get an audio book. Yeah, everybody knows blind people don’t listen to audio books. They’re too busy learning sign language down at the circus! Asshole!
Tendr, in short, is a dating app that many have jokingly referred to as a cell phone game. Except after playing with one of its clones, I can’t guarantee it’s a joke anymore. You swipe left when you aren’t interested, and you swipe right if you ARE interested. If a person you right swiped swipes right on your profile, then you can talk.
Bumble works exactly the same way. The one key thing that seperates it from Tendr, though, is that women make the first move. The guy can right swipe, and the woman swipes right if she likes your profile. However, the woman starts the conversation regardless of whether she swiped right first, or you did. And there in lies the fatal flaw of Bumble.
Go ahead and call me a sexist pig if you have to. Considering I voted Sanders in the 2016 primary, and refused to see the new Ghostbusters movie due to its gender swop premise, I’m already batting zero. Really, it’s been my personal experience women don’t want to make the first move. The guy always has to be the one who goes out of his way to get noticed. If this weren’t true, I’d probably have a lot more people on the dating sites sending me winks, or likes, or thumbs up, or whatever the site uses to show they’re interested but don’t have time for a message, or can’t think of anything good to say. It could also be that I need to get rid of the beard, and that I need to get over this delusional idea mirrored sunglasses make me look cool, but this has been the case even BEFORE going through this phase of my life.
Women don’t want to make the first move. In my entire life, there’s been a grand total of one exception to this lesson I’ve learned, and frankly, she ended up being a fucking trainwreck. For everything else, I’ve had to be the one to make the first move. And this is why the app is destined to fail.
The fact its rating went from a 4.1 to a 3.7 in the span of a week probably doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence, either. But hey, I figured I’d give it a try anyway. It’s free, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting any money on this ultimately fruitless endeavor.
So I downloaded it. And I right swiped, and I left swiped. The app provides very basic information: age, college they graduated from, job, and maybe a little blurb about them. That’s it. The information is so minimal, it’s almost not even worth looking at, honestly. In fact, it pretty quickly reached a point where I wasn’t even reading the profile information, and was swiping right or left based entirely on the photo. Which I guess is the point, but still, it seems kind of dumb.
It reached a point where I found myself more interested in the act of swiping right or left than in actually getting results. Of which I got none, as I expected, but I digress. It became less of an opportunity to meet some new people, and it ended up becoming something to distract a side of my brain while the other listened intently to the latest in The Expanse novels. I guess this is what they meant by a cell phone game disguised as a dating site.
I complain about the lack of interest the community had in me… Though if I knew it was going to use Facebook photos, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time trying to perfect the art of the selfy again, and picked some better photos than the ones the app picked. I wasn’t wasted, or naked, or doing anything embarrassing in any of the photos they picked… Though based on that commercial for Tendr, having a picture of you holding a cat apparently isn’t as appealing to women as I was led to believe. So yeah, I had to delete that photo of me hanging out with my cat. As well as two or three others that reminded me that I take a lot of photos while wearing sunglasses. You’d think I was a cool kid from the 90s or something.
All the same, I really didn’t enjoy this app. Gaming wise, it kept me distracted for a while. In terms of meeting people… Yeah, stick to meeting people in real life. Or even the on-line personals. Not this. Never this.