There have been a lot of dating apps and websites, all the way back to in 1994. That’s right, online dating is as old as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. I’ll give you a moment to place your mind gently back into your head. But using the internet as a way to explore the dating scene didn’t really take off until the smart phone era. When Tinder launched in 2012, it quickly became so popular that the terms “swipe right” and “swipe left” just entered the lexicon as new slang for “something I like” and “something I don’t like.” Pretty rare that an app leaves a mark that big on the English language itself.

Tinder is so ubiquitous that, below a certain age, nearly everyone has a story about using it. Often times the funnier or more disastrous interactions get captured in screenshots and shared around the web. Here are just a few examples of some classics:

15. So sad

A moment of silence for everyone who shares a name with a digital assistant.

Alexa.. from Tinder

14. Boom or bust

OK but why is the picture all crooked?

No response. She clearly lost her marble from Tinder

13. Diet nope

I hurt myself today, to see if I still taste…

Clearly doesn’t like a bad boy from Tinder

12. Verbal contract

This guy must be a lawyer.

I got a girl to ask me to take her home on the first message ?? from Tinder

11. RIP RP

Look, you’re “yes, and”-ing, and that’s what matters.

So I’m bad at roleplaying I guess… from Tinder

10. Secret code

I give your C++ an A-.

Had programming in her bio so I busted out some c++ from Tinder

9. Warning signs

This is some old school Dating Game malarkey.

What was I supposed to say? from Tinder

8. Darth Dater

The heavy breathing starts early with this guy.

I think I found The One. from Tinder

7. When you’re the best of friends

The game is over before it’s begun.

Oof size: large from Tinder

6. Know your worth

Is the chip bag mostly air, though?

Seems to be the case… from Tinder

5. Espionage

This has more twists than a Shyamalan plot.

Crazy stuff from Tinder

4. I feel pretty

Wow, double “y” on the “Heyy” and everything. This is going well.

If Johnny Bravo pickup lines don’t work, then I don’t even want her anymore from Tinder

3. Soccer? I hardly know her!


She had her soccer pics in her bio from Tinder

2. A fine addition to my collection

Prequel memes as a litmus test is a bold move, friend.

Clearly didn’t know what I was doing… from Tinder

1. Numerical evasion

I think you’ve met your match.

sometimes the it doesn’t work.. from Tinder

If you’re out there using Tinder, remember: stay safe, be nice, and post the funny stuff for the benefit of those of us who are tired of trying to do it ourselves. Good luck out there!

What’s your big Tinder story/moment?

Tell us about it in the comments.