The Tinder Test
This week I decided to partake in a small social experiment involving Tinder and the unsuspecting male Tinder users of Auckland and Whakatane. I set up two accounts, one with the persona that I love to go out and party and am always dressing nice, where as the other account portrayed that my personality was one of someone who enjoys the outdoors and everything natures has to offer.
My aim of this was to observe the difference of men between the age of 18 - 30 and how they responded to being matched with either of my two profiles.
Bio - Short bios are as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.
Maximum distance was 16km
Age range 18 - 30 years old
I swiped yes for the first 100 people I didn't know on both accounts in Auckland and Whakatane.
I do not message anyone I've matched with nor do I reply to any messages
Once I started my experiment in Whakatane the matches and messages didn't roll in all at once. But once I started get matched up with the locals the messages were relatively polite and kind, with mainly greeting me and asking how I was and also being asked a few times if I was from Whakatane, as well as a few compliments on my appearance. Funny enough the only message that really stood out to me was when someone called me a catfish! Which isn't entirely correct; I may have uploaded these specific photos for an ulterior motive, but they are definitely me and are snapshots from certain aspects from my life, I just happen to group similar ones on one profile to give people a specific idea.
I had about an 70% Success rate in Whakatane but one guy caught me out as he matched with both of my profiles... Woops!
Urban Dictionary meaning for Catfish:
A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.
Top pick up line:
"Wow you are stunningly gorgeous. How are you?"
When I had arrived back into Auckland I started flicking yes to the first 100 people I didn't know and pretty much every second yes was a match, within my first half hour I had 24 matches and 1 super like. And then the messages started rolling in... from the polite hellos and asking how I am and how my week is going, to compliments on my appearance and outfits, and the straight up intriguing pick up lines: "I like to spoon all night", "Love your outfits, can I be one of them and wrap myself around you?" and "An ashtray and a motorcycle would go hand in hand like you and I would ...if I were lying" And even being straight up asked if there is any chance of me getting with them, as well as another bloke stating that he is only looking for hook ups, and if that wasn't my thing then I should un match. I was even called a 'high class woman' and then asked why I would match with them?
I was even asked how my name is pronounced, now that's dedication!
Currently as I'm writing this I have a guy who has sent me 3 messages and counting, (remember I do not reply to any of my messages) First asking me about my bio and then stating he will keep messaging me until I either un-match him, he gets bored or I reply. Auckland definitely has the most persistent Tinder users!
Top pick up line:
Other notable mentions...
The messages that I received from men in Whakatane for this account were still rather polite and not pushy at all, and definitely no cheesy and outdated pick up lines. I was asked if I was even from Whakatane -Is it that obvious?! My pictures were also taken extra notice of as I was asked about the various waterfalls and complimented on my Marilyn Manson shirt. Even though I had quite a few matches on this account it didn't quite equal the same amount as what I had on my party profile, which isn't surprising really!
Top pick up line:
"I see Marilyn Manson on your shirt, That's a good sign"
The males whom I matched with on this account were a lot more polite than compared to my other profile! Although they were still persistent in sending me more than one message to try and score a date. Some guy even messaged stating I was a small town girl; making the assumption because I had no city scape in my pictures maybe? Althought 99% of the messages on here were polite, there were the odd 1 or 2 who didn't muck around when voicing what they wanted, one guy just messaged me "Dtf?". Most of the other questions revolved around asking how I was and if I'm doing anything that evening, as well as the obvious compliments.
Notable pick up line:
"I have all these forks and knives but all I need is a little spoon"
Other notable mentions...
The males in Auckland have a lot more persistence and are definitely not afraid to say what they want when it comes messaging who they have matched with, some even messaging to say they are only interested in hooking up, and quite a few males messaged me more than once in order to get my attention. Where as in Whakatane I didn't feel like I was going to have any problems with not replying to any messages, the males down there were a lot more relaxed and chill and didn't message bomb me when they didn't get acknowledged.
With the 'adventure' Tinder profile the men who messaged me were more polite and seemed genuinely interested in myself as a person, both in Auckland and Whakatane. I didn't get many cheesy pick up lines but instead compliments on my looks and questions about how my night is going and genuine interest in my day to day life.
So if you're wanting to match people who are genuinely curious about you, and potentially meet someone who isn't just down for a one night stand, then having a profile full of just party pics and alcohol probably isn't the way to go. Genuine curiosity seems to be drawn to people who live outside the four walls of social statuses and synthetic beauty. And most of all don't take Tinder so seriously! Don't propose in the first message, even if it is a joke, and don't take it to heart when someone doesn't reply. Most people are on it just for a laugh so make sure you are too!
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