Tinder is hardly ever a source of heartwarming stories that will restore people's faith in humanity. In fact, the quick-swipe dating app is often a place wherein you'll discover the worst in people - creepy unwanted comments, bizarre displays of aggression, it's all there. If you're looking for a reliably positive interaction, it's probably best to look elsewhere.
But one particular profile has sparked outrage this weekend as one man set his three strict "rules" for his potential dates. Many have branded the man's profile as "trash" - and some even see it as being emblematic of the issues with Tinder and other dating apps.
The profile's "rules" aren't the only thing that some have taken issue with, though. The rest of his profile information (plus his bizarre choice of photos) truly has to be seen to be believed, and the internet has offered some truly excellent responses. Keep reading to find out more!
First launched in 2012, Tinder revolutionized the dating scene.
via: ShutterstockIt worked on a location-based search, finding available singles with the app in your immediate area. Tinder hugely streamlined the way we date.
The app allows you to build a pretty minimal profile.
via: ShutterstockIt keeps the information that you can provide to a minimum and makes the process super visual. Based on whether someone likes what they see, they can swipe either right or left, yes or no.
The swiping process can be a little hypnotic.Some have criticized the way that Tinder is set up as it makes dating feel more like a game than a way to initiate real human interaction.
When two people swipe right for each other, they're set up as a match.
via: ShutterstockWe imagine this would give us a major self-esteem boost. It's probably all quite addictive.
And thus the cycle continues.The seemingly endless swiping process has totally changed the way that we date - both online and in real life.
In fact, many wish that other life decisions came with the same process.It now seems that simply approaching people IRL is off the table, and all flirting has to take place within the confines of an app.
This can cause problems.Many people on Tinder feel safely hidden behind their profile and they think that they can get away with things that they'd never do in the real world.
Flirting can go from zero to one hundred pretty quick.Many feel less inhibited through their screens than they do when actually speaking to someone, which can lead to some fairly cringe-worthy interactions.
There's another major issue with Tinder, too.It reduces people's entire selves down to a few pictures and a couple of sentences. This can make Tinder seem like a pretty superficial way to judge whether you "like" someone or not.
Many view Tinder as a place to hook up rather than to date.The lack of emotional connection and values can make Tinder seem quite shallow. It also seems to bring out the vain and judgemental sides of its users.
Behaviour on Tinder is often a little questionable.
[Tinder] Him: u're cute Her: u'll be my 3rd victim Him: rockin' ass too Her: I'm literally a serial killer Him: *sends dick pic*— Samir Nazim (@Samir Nazim)1488937721.0
Many users are accused of not being totally honest.The gap between dating expectations and the reality of what typically goes down on Tinder can make you despair a little for romance.
Many dislike the open nudity that often presents itself on the app.
I keep this photo saved on my phone for whenever guys from a Tinder ask me to send them a nude. https://t.co/Q3WSTOmWGD— Sarah Mirk (@Sarah Mirk)1488582801.0
But it's not just about how we present ourselves.
*finds soulmate* *swipes left in hopes of finding a hotter soulmate*— DaddyJew (@DaddyJew)1421860817.0
It's safe to say that Tinder doesn't tend to bring out the best in us.
When you run out of people to swipe on Tinder, your camera should turn on and force you to look at what you've become.— Greg Dorris (@Greg Dorris)1436881678.0
One particular profile has recently gone viral.It seems to encapsulate the many things that are wrong with Tinder all in one go - which is actually quite impressive, in a really depressing way...
Here's the guy in question.
via: TwitterHis picture alone is pretty problematic. That's a really bizarre lack of clothing... But, honestly, it gets so much worse.
Many view semi-naked images as an immediate red flag.Indeed, it does seem a strange way to try to get others to like you. Generally, if you wouldn't do it in the street, don't do it on Tinder.
But the pictures are just the tip of the iceberg.It's the content of this Tinder profile that has really got the internet talking. Poorly chosen photos are pretty common on the app, but this guy's dating "rules" are what really made the profile stand out.
Here's the dude's profile information.
via: TinderThere's a lot to unpack here - and the internet did a great job at pointing out the (many) areas in which this guy is being, quite simply, the worst.
This is genuinely one of the most offensive profiles we've ever seen.And, when it comes to Tinder, that's a particularly impressive accolade. From racism to sexism, this profile really has it all.
One woman shared the profile on Twitter.
I thought I’d give Tinder a go but honestly, it’s fully put me off dating. https://t.co/24Q1334yx2— Trash Queen ✨ (@Trash Queen ✨)1554401527.0
People initially reacted to the picture.And we can't blame them! It has to be one of the strangest profile pics we've ever seen. He somehow manages to be naked and clothed at the same time. It's making us feel a little uncomfortable...
The background of the image also garnered some attention.
@D0ct0r_Fist @zxox32 @scene_destroyer Deadass thought the dude was in a public bathroom too— Thigh Guy (@Thigh Guy)1554566645.0
Many also noticed some strange wording on his profile.
@zxox32 I read “good luck girls” in a verrrrrry different wait to what he probably intended. https://t.co/0g2Fsie8LL— Clare Dyckhoff ✨ (@Clare Dyckhoff ✨)1554565136.0
Some had other questions.
@zxox32 Why is he on Tinder if he's so intent on not finding anyone?— Polvo, niebla, viento y sol (@Polvo, niebla, viento y sol)1554564996.0
Some were strangely pleased that the profile had been unearthed.
@zxox32 I’m going to screen shot this for when my relatives ask me why I’m still single— This job is impossible (@This job is impossible)1554574316.0
But others made an interesting point.
@DontGoEasyOnM3 @zxox32 😂😂😂😂 Oh the good ole days V sad that it’s the norm to find a date/partner/whatever by swi… https://t.co/rHxOSPORAG— 💕Amanda 👩🏼⚕️🏊♀️🚴♀️🚶♀️🧘🏼♀️ (@💕Amanda 👩🏼⚕️🏊♀️🚴♀️🚶♀️🧘🏼♀️)1554583868.0
However, it still left some feeling sheepish.Many thought the phrase "toxic masculinity" sprang to mind upon reading this gross profile - and felt the need to distance themselves from his views.
And some had a more succinct reaction.
@zxox32 Throw the whole man away— The Jill Show (@The Jill Show)1554576877.0