The rules of Tinder bingo
In short, the Tinder version of bingo plays quite a bit like regular bingo. If you need a refresher on that, ask your grandparents.
For our rural setting, Tinder bingo categories had to involve the great outdoors and popular activities for our area. In no particular order, here are the boxes to match on the boards:
Fishing or hunting photo with animal
Beard frozen in ice
Obviously edited photograph removing exes (entirely, or simply cutting or crossing out face)
Any message containing the word "sup"
All players continue swiping until someone has created a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row on his or her board. This person yells, "Bingo!" and wins a prize... which in our case involved drinks. We also established a few double-bingo categories for those suspicious and elusive pics that left us all with questions. If one of the following flashed on the screen, it was an automatic win:
Expensive sports cars
Any photo which makes us afraid for the future of humanity (i.e., action shot of you getting a matching tattoo with your school-aged child. True story.)
Of course, categories for Tinder bingo will obviously need to be adjusted if you're swiping in Manhattan or Malibu, allowing for man-bun hairdos, city cycling, requisite gym photos... make it as local as you like! Wherever you are, if you and your friends ever find yourselves trapped in the dating-app jungle, a round of your own version of Tinder bingo might be just what you need to find your way out of the woods.
The real double bingo
Tinder bingo never got old. We broke it out while tailgating at a rodeo with boxed wine, in each other's rooms while getting ready to go out, anytime we had a few minutes to kill with some mindless entertainment. Most challenging was trying to differentiate one man's profile from another in the sea of antler pics and lift kits flashing across our phone screens.
So, if you're managing to find a string of successful and satisfying dates on Tinder, well done. But if you're finding it to be something of a joke, and have some friends who similarly enjoy a good joke, Tinder bingo might just be for you.
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Liz Talago is a freelance writer, editor, and #creativeforhire who swipes right for motorcycles and travel pics. Follow her exploits on Instagram: @miss.betty.p.