Sex + Relationships

Swipe Right for Romance: How College Kids Feel About Tinder

shutterstock_371573932In today’s digital age, face-to-face interaction has become a rarity. From Facebooking friends, emailing coworkers, or simply scrolling through Buzzfeed to find out which Starbucks drink we are, we are constantly connected online. So,where else would we look for a casual hookup buddy, friend with benefit, or even potential relationship?

Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and other online dating apps have swept the nation over the last four years as their popularity has increased, especially among young adults and college kids. The front runner for these apps is by far Tinder, with an estimated 50 million users on the app. If you are looking to find the love of your life anywhere online, there is a good chance they’re “swiping right” right now. On average ,  Tinder user spend about 35 minutes on the app a day.

With this in mind, that means that when your profile pops up, your potential prospectives aren’t spending much time debating whether to “yay” or “nay” you. which gives you probably all of a few seconds to impress and entice others to swipe right on you. We interviewed some Syracuse students about Tinder dating and have some experiences, opinions, and advice on Tinder from users just like yourself trying to find love (or maybe just some late night fun) online.

What are students looking for on Tinder?


  • “I go on tinder with the intention of using it for dating and never for a random hookup, but sometimes it becomes that.”
  • “Honestly, sometimes I just go on when I’m drunk to hookup. It’s usually not the best idea.”
  • “ I have used it just to get free food or coffee on a date before, sometimes you have to do what you have to do when you’re hungry and on a college budget.”


  • “Main use is a personal thing, to see how well I can do based on my own personal standards. Only once I’ve used it to actually hook up with someone.”
  • “I have used Tinder to invite people to parties but that is infrequent.”
  • “Really only use Tinder when I’m drunk as f***, usually nothing comes out of it but sometimes I hookup with a girl.”


How many matches are you making?

Females: On average roughly between 600-1,500 matches.

Males: On average roughly between 100-300 matches

What does an ideal Tinder profile look like?


  • Not too many pictures ,and the pictures need to be clear about whose profile it is, at least 2 solo shots and 1 group shot.
  • Nothing weird, try not to be naked or in compromising positions.
  • Don’t try too hard. Don’t be holding a puppy shirtless with all your muscles out.
  • Be your best self but don’t lie.


  • Have multiple photos.
  • Individual photos are better so you know who it is, but a few group photos are alright.
  • A funny or witty bio is a must. It makes it easier to start a conversation if there is something to go off.
  • Multiple mutual friends make difference, much more likely to swipe right if it seems like this is someone they may know.

What pictures are a turn on?


  • Guys who look good in suits is always a nice thing to see.
  • A nice headshot is a great thing to see. Showcase the smile and eyes.
  • Full body picture that shows off how you dress on a day to day basis.


  • A good smile goes a long way.
  • Anything America themed, especially an American flag bikini.
  • Having a picture of how you dress when you’re going out with your friends.

What is a turn-off?


  • Refrain from posing with dead fish or animals; save those “interesting” pictures for a few dates in if the other person is interested.
  • Blurry or distorted pictures, don’t make yourself look sketchy!
  • Keep it PG. Don’t use any headless body shots on your profile. As much as you think we want to see “everything god gave you”, we don’t.


  • Any photos of holding a fish or dead animals, not appealing (seems to be a common theme?)
  • Nothing “trashy” (i.e. overly nude, explicit or rude), because it makes us wonder why that is what you want to show off when you are on a semi-anonymous, very public platform.
  • Only having super close up pictures or selfies.

How do you communicate what you’re looking for with a Tinder match?


  • “We talk first on tinder and when it moves to text, ask “What are you looking for?” If they want the same thing, we’ll go on a date, if not, I stop talking to them and move on.”
  • “Hint to them in a flirty way what I’m looking for while we Tinder message and hope they pick up on it.”
  • “Start the conversation on Tinder with what I’m looking for; why waste either of our time.”


  • “If conversation is going well I will ask to meet in a social setting where we can meet in person, maybe a party so we can see how we get along, and also there’s no pressure of a 1 on 1 situation.”
  • “Just ask if they’re trying to hookup. It’s pretty clear what I’m looking for after that.”
  • “Let them lead the conversation and see if they drop any hints about what they want so I don’t have to bring it up and be awkward.”


So there’s a little insight into what guys and girls are thinking while they’re swiping on Tinder. Go ahead and check out your own profile and make sure you are keeping up with Tinder etiquette so you can get the maximum right swipes possible. Who knows, your next match could be your soulmate or best one night stand so far. Be safe, be happy, and be kind and keep on swiping Cuse.

By: Molly Velázquez