Quarantine made me do it: What I found trying 3 different dating apps

Quarantine made me do it: What I found trying 3 different dating apps

In the age of social media and the internet, many of us have jumped onto dating apps to find love in a rather unconventional way. And now, with COVID-19 restricting us from making new connections in real life, finding love online seems to be the only way possible.

Admittedly, I was never one to shy away from using dating apps like Tinder (we all get lonely sometimes…right?), but I deleted the app long before COVID-19 and lockdown started. I was starting to realise that the connections I made there never really lasted, so I decided to drop the app entirely.

Then, when I flew back home to Malaysia and had to quarantine myself in an empty hotel room for 14 days, my boredom got the best of me and guess who downloaded the app once again? Yeah, that’s right: me!

But this time, I didn’t just stick with one app. I’ve had my fair share of horrible Tinder date experiences in the past, and there’s always that stereotype that people on Tinder just want something casual. So I thought, this time, why not try out a few different dating apps instead? Maybe I’ll find different sorts of people on different apps catered to different needs!

In the end, I downloaded Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble just to see what sort of experiences I’d get from each app.

Getting back into Tinder was quick and easy because all I had to do was make my account visible again, update a few of my photos, rewrite my bio and off I went!

I wanted to test out the stereotype that the people who go on Tinder only wanted to hook up, so I wrote my bio in a way that could possibly put this to the test:

I decided to see if the people who chanced upon my profile read my full bio or only had a quick glance. But, as it turns out, only a handful of people seem to mention my little message at the bottom while messaging me.

Also, six hours after putting my Instagram handle on Tinder, I received many direct messages with requests even when we hadn’t matched previously. Continue reading