The incurable fun of swiping left... and right
Of all the apps on my phone, Tinder is the most consistently diverting. When you remove the romantic stakes and strip away any personal investment, the app is an anthropological smorgasbord. It's choose-your-own-adventure reality TV. And, like reality TV, it's so much more fun, weird, and tantalizing together.
"A round of Tinder swipes, if done together, can enhance a couple's connection and create a shared experience of guaranteed laughter and some easy, fast-food-dating validation," says Amanda Luterman, a Montreal-based sex and relationship counselor.
Boris and Natasha can attest to that. Those are the names my wife and I created for our fake accounts when we grew tired of relying on our single friends leaving their cellphones on the table when they went to the bathroom for our fun. Natasha is a stately, vaguely Nordic-looking woman, who appears early in the Google Image results when you search "blonde professional model." But not too early. Boris looks like me with sunglasses, because... he is. Boris and I are very lazy men.