In one of the corniest decisions of the 21st century, the inventors of dating app Tinder decided to make the "quest for Mr. Right" as literal as possible by creating an addictive dating game based purely on impulse and instinct, in which you swipe left to clear the rejects and swipe right to connect with someone new. At first, it feels like your entire ZIP code is at your fingertips, but after setting parameters (age, sex, distance), Tinder users quickly learn how painfully dull the other fish in the sea (who frequently hold up actual fish in their pics) really are. Universally, Tinder is flooded with stereotypical pics that have since turned into red flags, triggers that indicate: This person is exactly like everyone else.
Objectifying Orlando singles, we took a Tinder trip to see how men and women portray themselves within our city limits and noticed some definite trends. Many are typical Tinder fouls: your garden-variety photos with an exotic animal, your goggled sky-diving shot, your belted-in driver's-seat selfie (frequently more than one!) and your ample proof of adorable pet ownership. We also see you like to travel, you hit the club (and the gym) and your cleavage looks insane in that $30 T-shirt. Perhaps a little more unique to Orlando but just as banal, unfortunately, are your yoga poses on the beach (or just your feet – you're so chill!), the enthusiastic theme-park larks and the downtown bathroom selfies. These standard-issue profile pics are dangerous because after repeat exposure, the viewer falls victim to Tinder fatigue, left-swiping in a sort of fugue state that leads to left regrets and, in the worst-case scenario, lost love, guys.
To combat this, we put a twist on Tinder to keep you alert, drawing up a Bingo card of the most commonly found faces the app cycles through – so while you're swiping with friends, you can track who's being served more special someones than basic bitches and game the game before it games you.
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