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7 Ways That Your Tinder Date Can Turn Into An Awkward Mess

With more than 50 million users worldwide, Tinder has changed the dating game for young adults. Slowly fading away are the days where one had to approach someone face-to-face in order to get a date. We’ve essentially gone from courting people to window-shopping for our partner. Tinder enables people to get dates with ease for the most part, however, with meeting someone online in person for the first time, there’s a lot of potential for awkwardness. Here are the 7 ways that your Tinder date can turn into a Tinder nightmare.

1. Getting “Catfished”

“Catfishing”: To portray a false online persona. No ones likes a tinder surprise. That is; when going on a Tinder date, you usually expect and hope that the person will actually look at least somewhat similar to their pictures. Nothing can make a date more awkward than a guy or girl whose 50 pounds heavier than in their photos.

2. If Your Date Isn’t Much of a Talker

Tinder is a shy persons paradise, up until they actually have to go on a date and meet someone in person. Someone giving short answers, not asking questions, or stuttering when they speak certainly makes the date awkward for both people involved as this could also be perceived as a sign of disinterest. Going on a date with a shy person can also result in the dreaded awkward silence. A conversation can only be a one-way conversation for so long before you run out of things to say.

3. Realizing You and Your Date Are Looking for Different Things

While many people on Tinder are looking for serious relationships, there’s certainly a fair share of people either looking for one-night flings or casual relationships. Realizing that your date is looking for something completely different than what you are can certainly make the date awkward, as the rest of the date beyond this point would feel like a complete waste of time for both of you. Everyone has different intentions on Tinder and these intentions can be tough to read through online chatting.

4. Not Recognizing Eachother

Even if they do look similar to their picture, It can be hard to pin point someone you’re meeting from Tinder who you’ve never seen in person, especially if you’re meeting in a very crowded, public location. It could definitely get the date off to a little bit of an awkward start if upon finally meeting you realize that you already walked by each other a couple times.

5. Bringing Up Your Ex

Bringing up your ex is a big no when meeting someone from Tinder in person for the first time. It instantly gives them the impression that you’re not over them, and that you’re probably just one of those people looking for a one-time fling on Tinder.

6. Finding Out You’ve Gone On A Tinder Date With One of Their Friends

The ability to set the distance preference of your matches from anywhere between 1- 80 km makes it unlikely, but certainly possible, to be on a date with someone who knows someone, or is friends with someone that you’ve been on a prior Tinder date with. Finding out the person sitting across from you went on a date with one of your friends, and vice versa, could certainly make your date awkward.

7. Running Into Your Friends

Running into your friends on a first date, especially with someone you met on Tinder, can be extremely awkward. They may ask how you know each other, or if you’re together, which for obvious reasons, would make the situation very uncomfortable. Not to mention, you wouldn’t necessarily want your friends to meet your date if you don’t even know if there’s going to be a second date yet.

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