‘Tell me something interesting about yourself’: A gay dating app experiment

Six weeks ago, I changed my Grindr status to “Instead of ‘hey’, feel free to start by telling me something interesting about yourself!”

I got, shall we say, a variety of responses.

Some of them shared a little

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Some of them shared a lot

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Some of them were educational

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Some of them wanted to get the icebreaker out of the way

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Some of them diversified their portfolio

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Some of them seem like we would be friends

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Some of them went to Oberlin

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Some of them could write a great blog

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Some of them got meta

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Some of them were having a stroke

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Some of them taught me about my own shortcomings

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Some of them have busy Christmases

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Some of them needed a hug and hot cocoa

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Some of them spoke in intriguing metaphors

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Some of them had MBAs

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Some of them sent dick pics

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Some of them did better on their second attempt

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Some of them required follow-ups

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Some of them misunderstood the assignment

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Some of them would have made fascinating conversation partners

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Some of them humblebragged

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Some of them confirmed negative stereotypes

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Some of them read their horoscope every morning

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One of them, at least, was husband material

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “‘Tell me something interesting about yourself’: A gay dating app experiment

  1. Hubbard

    Neat experiment. How many of them were as interesting in person as they were when auditioning?

  2. In my tinder bio I have “tell me the most ridiculous thing you’ve done” and I’ve gotten a whole RANGE of stories from drunken stupor to incredible feats. It’s so much better than “Hey.” Dating app follies have made some great blog posts for me too!

  3. I’ve been having trouble getting past the ‘hey’s’. Mybe if I decide to try online dating again I’ll try this instead!

  4. posniesd

    I tried this on Tinder and all I get is “lol what do u want to know” or “I’m 28 I have three little girls” or “hey.” I’m jealous!

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