For people who are in need of a new way to date, to meet people, and to find that special someone, there’s an app for that.
Tinder is a location-based app that links to a Facebook account and allows the users to view potential dating matches in the surrounding area based on gender, age and location.
The app pulls the potential matches for viewing. Swiping to the right indicates interest in that person, and swiping to the left indicates a lack of interest.
Kelli Goldsberry, a senior studying web design, met her fiance through Tinder.
“All my roommates got the Tinder app, and I thought it was kind of dumb. But I felt out of the loop because they were all talking to boys, so I got one,” Goldsberry said. “I never expected to meet anyone from Tinder; I expected to meet guys as friends, but nothing like this.”
Goldsberry, soon after downloading the app, was matched with Ryan Sandberg, a junior studying health science.
“I had never heard of Tinder before, but my friends introduced me to it and told me that all you had to do was swipe right when you saw a hot girl,” Sandberg said. “So [I was] just going through it, and Kelli was the first girl I actually met on Tinder.”
Goldsberry said she met a few guys on the app before but that said she really liked talking to Sandberg.
“I got matched with Ryan and he started talking to me first,” Goldsberry said.
Soon after they started their conversation, they exchanged numbers.
“Before we met, I was just nervous about meeting him because I didn’t want it to be awkward. I had already found him on Facebook though so I knew that’s what he really looked like,” Goldsberry said.
“Meeting for the first time wasn’t awkward, though,” Sandberg said. “That’s the thing. She was funny, and I liked to make jokes. You start to get to know someone just from words.”
Goldsberry asked Sandberg if he wanted to go for a bike ride five days later.
“It went really well, and from that day on, we hung out every day the rest of the semester,” Goldsberry said.
Sandsberg and Goldsberry both said they would recommend the app.