Tinder dating is a fascinating experience. Dating with a smartphone has become a fascinating collage of pros and cons. On the upside, you’re connected to so many people! On the downside, you’re connected to so many people.
It can be a tiring circus of stretched-out heights and inflated bank accounts, ancient pictures being passed off as current, secret sociopaths holding babies, and those who suffer from a convenient online amnesia. You know, the kind of person whose spouse or significant other is temporarily forgotten once they’re logged on.
So the latest trend (if you will) for Tinder users is to upload photos of themselves posed next to people from third world countries. The Internet has dubbed these gentle souls The Humanitarians of Tinder and even dedicated a Tumblr and a Facebook page to their cause.
Kind of like selecting festive props at a Sears Portrait Studio for the perfect Christmas card, now 26-year-old Maggie can show how sweet she is by posting a photo of her arms wrapped around a gaggle of African children on a dusty, faraway street. Then maybe Peter at the local bar will marvel at her altruism, swipe to the right and they’ll have sex. After all, nothing says “let’s bang” like holding a child from Tanzania.
Pretty much everyone agrees this kind of behavior is smug and annoying. Taking pictures with the locals in hopes of getting attention from the opposite sex on a hook-up site is not typically a reason one travels to gain perspective.
Surprisingly, men (traditionally the more shameless of the two sexes when it comes to getting laid) are the less-guilty offender in this instance — although dudes more frequently pose with jungle cats on Tinder…
So what’s up, ladies? Is posing with barefoot children the new cleavage shot? Do these chicks really think Mr. Right Now will be awestruck by these touching photos in Bangladesh, change their minds about just wanting a one-nighter and see them as future wives? And most importantly: does it work?
Sadly, 100% of men polled said they’ve never swiped right on Tinder because the lady in question may have traveled to Africa to help build a school. In fact, whether or not she’s interested in fixing Congo’s economy is completely irrelevant to the average dude killing time at his neighborhood bar, half watching the game and carelessly swiping right and then left. In fact, said dude is probably (definitely) working harder to gauge breast size than heart size.