“Tinder is the ultimate gamification of romance. It’s Pokemon Go for the heart.”—Charlie Brooker.
Modern technology has created all kinds of wonders. From medicine, to airplanes, to instant communication, there are constantly fewer and fewer unmet human needs than there have ever been before.
Oh yeah, and then there’s Tinder. Love it or hate it, there is no question that this popular app has secured its place in tech history and has revolutionized the modern dating scene.
And whether for good or for bad, the app has few users who haven’t come back with some kind of interesting story to share.
Here are 42 examples of people’s most memorable encounters using Tinder.
42. Where Did I Go Wrong??
I totally suck at Tinder. Met a girl for a one-night stand. Four months later, we’re getting on a plane to go on holiday together.
41. Sounds Like You Really Weathered This Storm!
Not me but a friend of mine hooked up with the morning weather girl for the local news station thanks to Tinder.
40. That’s One Way to Make a Business Venture Enticing…
“Hey, I’m looking to make $40 today. Do you think that’s something you could help me with?”
Uhh, no thanks.
39. He That Filches From Me My Good Name
My buddy used it, found a girl, and they’ve been dating since around Easter. They have a totally normal relationship, except for the fact that we all still call her “Tinder Girl.”
38. Beware of Ulterior Motives
Every girl I talk to on Tinder just wants me to follow their Instagram. So pointless.
37. Killing Two Birds With One Stone
I chatted a girl up that had a nice dresser in one of her pics. I needed a dresser for my new house. She ended up selling it to me for $10. That was a good hookup.
36. A Little Too Much Netflix, Not Enough Chill
I met up with a girl so we could watch Frozen together.
We actually watched Frozen together. She was disappointed and I was mesmerized, I’d never seen that movie before.
35. A Satisfied Customer
Got talking to a girl on there, we met up for drinks and it turned out to be the best date I’ve ever been on, we just talked all night and it ended with a kiss. I walked her home and then we texted each other till we both fell asleep. It was like being 16 again or something.
The next time I saw her we hooked up while we watched Titanic.
We dated for two months or so and she was great, as was the physical part of it. We wanted different things from the relationship so things didn’t last long in the end but absolutely no regrets on my part. God bless Tinder, I say.
34. Maybe Second Time Will Be the Charm
I got Tinder about a month ago and met with my first live one last week. We had actually been messaging for about a week or two, pretty different schedules to blame, but we ended up meeting up for a concert which led to drinks, which led to me inviting him back to my house, which led to hooking up.
It lasted literally forever and not in a good way. He was one of those drunks who just can’t ever “get to the point” and instead of admitting defeat just keeps going and going. Gentlemen, this is not desirable. This stuff can start to hurt after not too long.
There is chafing involved. In the end, I was just so over it that I rolled over and went to sleep. Sorry, dude. I’m giving him another chance this weekend with hopefully less alcohol so we’ll see.
I’ll give Tinder a 5/10. Got some, didn’t die, willing to try one more time.
33. Getting into Shape Can Really Make a Difference
I’ve met six girls since I downloaded the app in January. Most have been pretty negative so it never got past conversation… then I lost weight.
I’ve experienced two firsts in my life thus far: I’ve hooked up on a beach at night, complete with sticks poking my butt; and after being intimate, a girl has patted me on the head and said “Good job.”
10/10, would do again.
32. To Each Their Own, I Guess
My friend hooked up with this exotic dancer who had half a shaved head and facial tattoos. She told him that she had been smoking meth all morning and that she had a boyfriend.
We later found out that she’s also pregnant. My friend said it was the best hookup he’s ever had in his entire life.
31. Who Knew Tinder Had More Than One Perk?
Moved to Seattle for the summer, used Tinder to meet people. I’ve made some darn good friends so far! But I don’t think that’s using Tinder the right way…
30. Sounds Like Someone Hit the Jackpot
My buddy just told me his story last week. Apparently, he had it for a while and got nothing. His first hook up was some really cute girl—he showed me pics—that was somehow in the sports industry.
She got them special access to a game, then they went to a party at somebody’s uber-expensive apartment (rooftop garden in NYC, in the millions). He then got lucky in the bathroom. He is not the guy to brag, but it was over the top enough that he had to share the story.
29. Third Time’s a Charm
I recently started using Tinder and happened to get pretty darn lucky with the first girl I actually met up with. We met and got ice cream and did some making out and stuff the first time, and again another time, but the third time was quite a different story.
She and I met at a bar that I usually go to on Wednesday nights—my friends work there and they have a great special called “group therapy.” She ended up being pretty drunk that night which is unusual for her, and we started fooling around after heading to her apartment.
At some point, she told me that she was pretty inexperienced and wanted a good story if we were going to hook up. Somehow, we ended up going to a lake in the middle of campus and found a secluded spot where we hooked up for almost two hours.
Inexperience apparently did little to affect her enthusiasm, and it did end up being a good story. I plan on seeing her again tonight.
28. Wow, Something Normal for a Change!
I matched with a girl and we met up for drinks. We talked for a while and eventually ended up going out for a late lunch.
We texted for a couple of days and ended up going out again, and she took me back to her place. Easily one of the best times of my life. She’s a sweet girl, I hope to see her again soon when our schedule matches up again.
27. A No Nonsense Arrangement
I met this girl on Tinder who works part-time nearby my apartment. She’s really hot and stops by my place on her way home just to hook up and then she leaves. It’s awesome.
26. Is Everybody Happy?
Was talking to this pretty girl and we really connected so we agreed to go on a date. We dated for a couple of months and she’s my girlfriend now, so I’m pretty happy about it.
I recently split with my ex-girlfriend—she dumped me. Used Tinder to talk with people. I travel a lot for work. Started talking to this one girl in a city I frequent, we met up one night and had dinner, then went out for drinks. I hadn’t gone drinking like we did that night in quite a while. Ended up going back to my hotel room, last thing I remember is checking in. So that sucks.
24. Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out
I thought I’d share my horror story. It was the day after my birthday and I was looking to get some, so I hit up Tinder and ended up matching with a 46-year-old. I’m in my early twenties.
She seemed alright, not smoking, but definitely good enough. Now, I was a little drunk when I talked to her, so I couldn’t see the red flags. Big mistake. I ended up heading over there and when I got there my stomach sank, I knew something was up.
I ended up walking into her room and she literally tore my clothes off and sniffed my nether regions like a dog looking for fresh meat. For a solid 20 minutes. She proceeded to “teach me how to make out” which consisted of her shoving her tongue down my throat and moving it violently.
We had the worst hookup of my life and then she asked me to stay for dinner. I’ve never left a house faster. Needless to say, I did not continue talking to her. But on the plus side I checked and I’m clean.
23. It’s All a Matter of Opinion
My Tinder story is that it’s full of sex workers, spam bots, and marginally attractive people; to me, it basically sucks.
22. Challenging Traditional Gender Roles
I went out to get drinks with a girl. I proceeded to admit that I was completely broke and we would have to split the drinks. She not only paid for those drinks, but then paid for the food we later ate, more drinks, and gave me a quality romantic experience at the end of the night.
21. Helping Her Move On
I started sleeping with a recently divorced woman in her mid-twenties. After a while we became more friends than anything, so we quit sleeping together.
20. Cutting to the Chase
Crazy girl came over and within 15 minutes she was all over me and was begging me to do crazy stuff. Not my usual style, but I went with it. Lots of other stuff happened, but it’s a bit too much detail for this post. She moved away and I miss her.
19. The Best of Both Worlds
Currently sleeping with a bisexual girl, super cool, and we mutually agreed it was not serious. Let me tell you fellas, there’s nothing hotter than hooking up with someone and then asking them what lesbian physical stuff is like and getting a first-hand account.
18. A More Balanced Account of How It All Works
All in all, the app has been pretty good. But the percentages of hookups are not high. I actually end up usually getting numbers from girls and we meet for coffee, talk about our favorite shows, and occasionally text as though we’re casual acquaintances.
17. You Never Know What to Expect
I matched with this really cute girl, all of her pictures were professionally done, like senior pictures. We texted for a few days and she seemed alright, not exactly interesting or funny but, as any sane male using Tinder, I wasn’t looking for anything more than a hookup.
One night she invited me to pick her up because she was sneaking out of her house. I agreed and drove to her neighborhood to meet her. I called her when I was at the gate and she sounded funny, it sounded like she was eating and her mouth was full. Thought nothing of it and waited for her to come out.
She rounds the corner walking kinda funny, and wearing weird clothes, like clothes a 12-year-old girl would wear. We’re both 19. She gets in my car and she’s kinda making a funny face. As she reached to hold my hand without saying hello, it hit me. This girl was mentally delayed.
Her little brother came running around the corner yelling, telling her to come back because their parents were gonna go crazy. She yelled back out of my open window, “It’s ok, I’m with my boyfriend. He’s gonna take care of me.” I pretty much pooped my freaking pants. I calmly told her she should probably go with her brother but she wouldn’t let go of my hand. After some convincing, she went back with her brother and I sped the hell out of there.
She called me about 20 times, texted me saying she needed me because her parents were going mental being mad at her. I sent one text back saying she should listen to them and not sneak out anymore and never texted her again.
She still texts me to this day inviting me to go places with her family as her boyfriend, and I never reply.
Now I Skype everyone before I meet them in person.
16. Confidence is Key
Got drunk, liked everyone, went to sleep. Woke up, zero matches, deleted it in a fit of hangover anger.
I am sexy and I know it, and ain’t no app gonna tell me otherwise.
15. Some Won’t Take No for an Answer
I was reluctant to go when she asked me out, ‘cause I’d never met anyone from online before. We ended up hooking up and all that, which was nice, but on my ride home she called me. Not once. Not twice. But thrice. Then she texted me.
I fell asleep and woke up with seven text messages and quite a few Snapchats from her. I attempted to break it off nicely and politely inform her I wasn’t looking to date or anything, but she wasn’t really having it. I ended up insulting her until she said I was the biggest jerk alive and stopped texting me. 3/10… Would probably still do it again.
14. I Wonder What Movie It Was…
I matched up with a 40-year-old recently-single female—I’m in my mid-20s. We met up at a bar, had a drink and ended up making out in the parking lot. A few nights later we met up at her place and watched a movie. Of course, we didn’t really watch the movie. We had a great time. So, thanks Tinder.
13. It’s a Small World After All
Installed app, swiped maybe ten times, found my ex-girlfriend, deleted app.
12. Tell It Like It Is
I decided to try it after a thing with a girl I thought I was in love with ended up not working out. Found a very, very beautiful girl on the app and she was extremely nice and interesting when I met her. The more I got to know her the bossier she got, but I still found her wildly attractive so I decided to keep on trying to hook up with her. One day while cooking dinner, she explicitly told me that she is a prude and that hand-holding, cuddling, kissing, and sex is only for someone she feels is extremely special to her.
She is now subletting my apartment for the summer.
11. Surprise Ending
Oh boy! Back in January I started using it and was matched with a girl who happened to also be in engineering at the same school as me. We started talking and next thing I knew we had gone on a few dates and everything was going great.
A few days later I had a stats midterm, and while studying I got a text from her saying, “Hope your midterm goes well! Why don’t you come over for board games after?” Now I’m usually pretty oblivious, but “board games” on a Friday night? Yeah, I’m getting laid.
So I finish my midterm, text her that I’m on my way and hop on a bus. The entire bus ride I’m smiling from ear to ear, waiting patiently until I finally arrive around 9:30 pm.
I entered her place and bam, a bottle of wine on the table. Yeah, I’m getting laid. I go sit down, we start drinking, and BAM! Settlers of Catan. We played for two hours. She hugs me goodnight and I leave. I didn’t get laid. Damn.
10. Your Catchphrase is Catching On
During university last year me and my buddies downloaded Tinder. I swiped right nonstop for a weekend and got about 300 matches & messaged all the attractive ones with various pickup lines. I had two one night stands as a result of this and coincidentally it was the same line that worked on both!
9. An Almost Foolproof Plan
I’m an identical twin. My brother was visiting me at school and I invited a girl I met on Tinder over. He doesn’t use Tinder, but obviously didn’t want to be alone for the night so I used the app to get him a girl too.
She thought he was me the entire time all the way up until she left the next morning. Right before she left she asked my brother a question about my rugby team that he just couldn’t answer. I got some angry messages afterward.
8. A Match Made in Heaven
I actually met my girlfriend on Tinder. Our first meeting ended up being a 12-hour date!
Going eight months strong. Good things do happen!
7. Having Second Thoughts
Last week I recommended the name Tinder to my pregnant best friend as a boy’s name. I should probably retract that suggestion now.
6. Sounds Like a Fair Assessment
Hooked up with a girl who turned out to be a “sister” (sorority thing?) of a friend. We saw Frozen. She called me later that night trashed and asked me to pick her up. Took her to her house. She asked me to stay. Tried to get me to do drugs off of her chest. Nice girl, really, but quite messed up.
5. This App is a Life Saver
Went on a date with a girl that ended up back at my apartment. The heavy stuff starts, and I find out she’s on her period. Darn.
So, like any gentlemen does on the first date, I suggest we get in the shower. She’s down. Heck yeah, a shower hookup on the first date.
Fast forward a couple weeks, and she develops feelings which aren’t mutual and puts the brakes on, and we quit talking for a while. Out of nowhere, she suggests a hike in a nearby state park, which I later found out was a date designed to make sure sex didn’t happen. We ended up hooking up about 100 yards off the hiking trail back in the woods.
The real kicker: I picked a tick off of her left butt cheek—like, it had actually bitten down and clamped on—while we were doing the deed, and to this day she has no idea.
4. She Moves Fast
It was horrible. I installed the app for fun and just to play around with when I’m bored, ended up matching with a girl and talked to her for like two weeks. We exchanged numbers & Facebook info. She was pretty, seemed really cool, and we shared a lot in common.
Eventually, she said we should hang out, and I said sure. We met up at a mall and just walked around and talked for about an hour, and I left. After I left, I knew I wasn’t going to pursue her. Over text she seemed pretty cool, but in person she was just… off, I don’t know exactly why, and I can’t really explain it.
Anyway, within two minutes of me getting back in the car, she texted me wanting to know my real opinion on her now. Kinda weird, but whatever, she seems weird so I just replied saying yeah, she’s cool and whatever. Big mistake. Over the course of the next two hours, I received over 80 texts, about ten calls, and a couple VMs, all of her crying and saying I need to move in with her and her Dad because she’s suicidal and I needed to take care of her.
I was blunt with her in saying no and this can’t go on anymore and to stop contacting me, but nothing changed. I had to delete my FB profile, block her number, etc. I deleted the app after that.
3. Well, That’s One Way to Ruin a Date…
I used it, I’m a fat ugly dude, and I matched with a girl who wasn’t too shabby-looking, texted for a few days until we were both off. I picked her up and she was very cute. We went to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse and had a good time, drank some sake. She suggested we go back to my place—woo!
We stop by her apartment to get her car and she wants to get clothes. She follows me to my house and we make out in my driveway for a few and start to move towards the house. Naturally, I’m excited, gonna get laid and all, yes sir, it’s been a while!
So, we are on my front porch and she goes “Ew, what’s that?” and points to this baseball-sized toad that hangs out on my porch. This is his second year being there. Anyway, I explain he is cool and he knocks beetles off my porch light to eat and stuff. She walks over to him, looks at me, like intense eye contact and proceeded to slowly stomp on my toad.
Now at this point, I was experiencing several emotions, including shock, anger, and rage. I shouted at her, “What the heck, why on earth did you do that??” to which she replied, “I wanted to make you mad so you’ll be more aggressive when we’re in bed.”
I was speechless while I processed what I had just witnessed. I told her to get the heck off my property, she flips out, we yell back and forth. I eventually sprayed her with the hose and she finally leaves, only to show up 20 minutes later shirtless on my deck in the backyard. She had walked from down the road and pulled like six pickets down from my fence to get into the backyard.
Cops came, she cried her way out of trouble with them and left.
2. A Truly Unique Story
Started flirting with this one girl. Eventually got her number and she texted me on a daily basis. After two weeks of getting to know each other she asks me to be her date at a Super Bowl party. Sounded like fun to me, so I thought “why not.”
She said the party was at five but she wanted to come over around 3:30 even though it was only a ten-minute ride there. Totally figured she wanted to hook up first, so I prepared myself for that. She shows up, I invite her in and I ask “How long before we have to leave?” she says it already started so we have to leave now.
I thought that was weird but I got in the car and drove there with blue balls the whole way. It was at a restaurant she worked at and it was an employees and dates party. When we get there it pretty much hasn’t started. Big surprise. We talk for about an hour and get to know each other but it’s painful because she’s so shy. It was open bar but she doesn’t drink so I resisted the temptation.
Eventually, her coworkers come and I meet them. She told me one of them was an ex. It didn’t really bother me. They seemed like good guys. A little on the scummy side though. They all looked like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. They’re all about 22 and have a kid or two.
Eventually, they convince her to drink. One sip becomes a whole drink and one drink becomes three. She is really drunk but still being kinda flirty. I didn’t drink anything and played it on the safe side because I was driving. The plan was to leave halfway through and go to a house party. So I drive her and her coworkers there.
What a horrible idea. We get there and it’s one of the crummiest places I’ve ever seen. There was a 75-year-old man playing Madden instead of watching the Super Bowl. There were kids running around while people were doing various drugs and talking about selling them as well, along with pregnant women drinking.
A little uncomfortable, but not the end of the world. We all play a drinking game and then the girl goes to go to the bathroom down the hall. About three minutes later, two of the coworkers go down the hall to the porch to smoke. About ten minutes goes by, and her ex gets up to go see if the bathroom is open. He comes back and lays this on me: “John… uhh… Jen is hooking up with both those guys right now. Don’t go in the bathroom.”
I was absolutely stunned. I had no idea what to do. I sat there and just watched the Super Bowl. Five minutes later she comes out literally pulling her pants up. She completely ignores me and continues playing. Five minutes go by and she goes to smoke weed with another guy. One guy goes to check and comes back to let me know “Yeah sorry man she’s doing the same thing with him now, too.”
The guys at the table start saying how nice a guy I am and that it sucks that I’m her date and she’s done it with three guys. Then they start getting weird. They start whispering about me and pointing at me. Was entirely sure I was going to get my butt kicked. She comes back and I tell her we’re leaving in five minutes.
One guy at the table stops me and says “Wait! She’s already been with Tim, Bill, and Mark, I figured me and Mike could get a go and then you can have her the rest of the night!”
What. The. Heck. I left immediately with her.
Unfortunately, her car’s at my place. She kept saying the whole car ride that she hates it when this happens and this is why she doesn’t drink. Took the long way home because I knew she was drunk. She tried to prove she wasn’t by slapping herself and then saying “I’m not drunk, I see the three yellow lines in the road. I know there’s only two but that’s how I know I’m sober.”
Tell her to stay for an hour knowing I could prolong it so she can sober up. She throws a big fit over the fact that her phone is dead and her parents are looking for her. She says she has to drive home immediately. We get home. I say “K, bye.” She apologizes and leaves saying she’ll see me soon. Never talk to her again. She posts on Facebook for three weeks about how bad she messed up, how her coworkers don’t take her seriously, and how she has to move because of it. Oh.
1. What Happens in Latvia Stays in Latvia
I was traveling to Riga, Latvia, via bus from Estonia. I was planning to spend a few days there to explore the city. The bus had free WiFi so I was killing the time by looking at girls on Tinder. I started talking to this one local brunette and we kinda hit it off, so she suggested I meet her later on in town, and I agreed. After dropping off my stuff at the hostel I went to meet her at one of the local establishments which sell alcohol.
When I entered the bar I was stunned by her looks, and to be honest I probably couldn’t get any intelligent comment out of me until I had downed few beers. Luckily she liked to talk and kept telling me about the old town and Riga’s nightlife. I think I managed to ask a few “intelligent” questions about her and tell a little about myself.
We walked around the old town of Riga and talked for a few hours and I thought everything was going really well. Later we met up with a few of her friends and went to this one nightclub, we danced and generally had a good time. Towards the end of the evening, I made out with her few times and was, let’s just say, more than excited about my prospects.
She told me she was going to the ladies’ room and I decided that I had to have a few drinks more to calm my nerves—I was in a dry spell. We went back to my hostel and started making out—I had my own room. Then all of a sudden she stopped and gave me the price list pitch.
At this point I was between furious and still excited, seriously considering what I could afford. I ended up throwing her out of my room.
I wish that would have been the end of it but she started screaming and kicking the door, I ended up thrown out of the hostel with her, she threatens me to give her cash or “the boys” will come after me. She starts to follow me when I left to search for a new accommodation.
I walk a few blocks listening to her threats and phone calls, at the end of the street I noticed a few guys start to walk fast towards us. I have never ran so fast with a backpack in my life, not even in the army. I managed to lose them in this big park at the edge of Riga’s old town, by hiding in the bushes. I think I waited there for an hour or two, before proceeding back to the bus station and getting the hell out of Latvia.