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Is Online Dating Worth It?

February 6, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Love

Online dating has been increasing and has become normal over the years. Virtually, meeting a person has become a easy method for those individuals who have a difficult time finding a person or are not very good with flirting or asking someone out in person to meet someone. Using the computer or app (which has become popular recently too) it’s easy to engage in a conversation and deepen the relationship. Yet, there are some important problems that I considered are not healthy for a person’s social engagement. First, hiding behind a computer or a mobile phone is what I consider, hiding from others. Second, it is possible that because you really do not know who the other person is like, even if they show you their picture, may be a horrible person who you should not associate with. Thirdly, in my option, it is better to meet a person the traditional way, meeting in person.

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Online Dating!

Match.com: This website is one of the early websites to encourage online dating. Match has become so popular that people who are considered socially awkward are encouraged to use this site to meet someone. I can see why this website or even online dating in general can be beneficial to people who have a difficult time showing their good qualities because a lot of people, in this generation, focus on appearance and ignore the feelings and thinking of others. Yet, I still do not believe that hiding behind a computer is the best way to meet a person. For example, you may meet someone using this website and the way they express themselves are to your liking, but after meeting in person things start to change. Yes, online dating do come with some risks to meeting such as person, but why use a online website to get yourself in that situation. On the other hand there are some people who meet horrible people in the traditional way, in person.

The statements above may sound like I am contradicting myself, but I just want to make clear that online dating is not for everyone. There are people who although have a difficult time meeting a person the traditional, in person, would rather wait until it happens than try online dating.

Tinder: I’ve never use the Tinder app before, so my opinion about it may not be fully accurate. I do want to say that after reading some reviews about this app, it can be interesting meeting people around your area who you have never met before. Like many other apps, Tinder has horrible reviews that just doesn’t want to make a person use it.

Apps and websites can be a good way to help others meet someone whom they might be interested in, but it is important to recommend that using the internet to meet someone who you might want to spend the rest of your life will be a gamble. I would rather go the normal way to meet someone like thought a friend, a party, in a event, church, train, cafe, etc. It is a story to remember and not just say we met in a website like Match or though an app like Tinder.  

Cynical Cornellian: A+ Smartphone Apps

January 16, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Love, Tech

As I often state, “College is the time to be an adult!” By that, I don’t mean that college is the time to make long-term decisions or even mature ones. Rather, college is the time to learn how to live like a starving artist in a low-rent apartment, in which your dinners consist of ramen noodles and saltine crackers and your daily routines consist of perusing your Tumblr dashboard and posting ironic Facebook statuses to hide the fact that you truly despise where your life has headed. All cynical college student jokes aside, being an adult in college means being broke and bored (still cynical, but hey, I’m a college kid).  So here’s a list of wonderful, life-improving/life-altering phone apps and websites that might make you just a tad bit less cynical about your slowly degrading adult life.

"Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up."

“Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up.”

Seamless/Grubhub: This is the pinnacle of foodie heaven (I’m a foodie, so you can trust me on this one). Seamless is an online food ordering application through which college students can find dining locations in the vicinity, and place an order for either delivery or pick up. The application has the added function of dividing restaurants into food categories/genres (Pizza, Chinese, Sushi, Indian, etc.). Personally, I love the app because it categorizes restaurants based on distance and customer ratings. Moreover, I love having access to the menus in an organized fashion—I have a legitimate phobia to entering a dining establishment only to be bombarded with a huge menu and an impatient waiter/cashier. Seamless gives me the options with an unlimited supply of time to think about, and research/find pictures of, the food that I’m about to use my limited supply of money to purchase (as a cynical, broke college kid, you have to be economical). Use the app for any meal of the day—or late night, if you’re about that all-nighter life.

Tinder: Dating is tough. Dating in college is tougher. It’s true that college is probably going to be the time of your life in which you have the largest supply of potential life partners. From that perspective, you would assume that finding a date and, eventually, a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner would be as easy as reading a children’s pop up book (sans the people who are illiterate or have a phobia to paper that unfolds and pops out at you when you turn the page). Unfortunately, dating in college is not that simple—for reasons unbeknownst to me. Tinder makes everything so much easier! You make an account by linking your Facebook to the Tinder app, your Facebook profile photos sync to the app and become your main photo stream, you write a witty and provocative description, and you swipe right to all of the cuties! If you get matched, you send an awkward and slightly inappropriate greeting and cross your fingers that you’ll get lucky tonight. I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!

"I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!"

“I met my boyfriend this way and will never regret sending that inappropriately objectifying message to him the moment we matched. Thank you Tinder!”

Yik Yak: Imagine seeing Regina George’s burn book but with names kept out of the hateful messages and the pages being short, electronic posts. Once you can conceptualize this, you’ve conceptualized Yik Yak. An anonymous social media app, YY allows users to upload rude, comedic, or somewhere in-between posts that get disseminated to an audience in a 10-mile radius. So if you’re bored and absolutely hate that girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library, post a status about that girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library and hope that people in that incredibly silent library give you a thumbs up—also hope that the girl listening to Iggy Azalea on her iPhone at maximum volume in an incredibly silent library reads the post and turns off that garbage that she calls music.

And there you have it: three apps that I consider to be A+ material for college kids struggling to be adults in a world where being an adult is a massively depressing ordeal that requires a trust fund or sugar daddy to truly be happy. Am I cynical? Yes. Are these apps A+? Absolutely.