People who use Tinder these days often do it in pursuit of sheer entertainment rather than a sincere effort to find actual dates -- so it only made sense for a group of my friends to take that dynamic to its logical conclusion and turn it into a game: Tinder bingo.
Don't worry, you and your friends can play, too.
How Tinder bingo was born
It was one of one of those rare, glorious summers when the weather was perfect and all of us were single. Unhindered and unattached, my girlfriends and I basked in the glow of the summer sun and the magic of our collective singledom.
In short, we were having a damn good time.
Standing outside a bar in our little huddle one night, we listened to an acquaintance gush over the then-latest dating app that had connected her with Mr. Back Muscles, a man who had just ducked inside. Her endorsement was convincing. So with an air of why-the-hell-not, we all decided to download Tinder.
Much has been written about the "Tinder effect" in big cities around the world. And there's no denying the heady giddiness that comes from having a meat market of men at your fingertips. But rural digital connections are different. Given our town’s tiny population, my girlfriends and I weren't surprised to see familiar faces on our screens as we began to swipe: exes, friends, co-workers.