While Tinder might have some security issues to contend with, there’s no denying that the app has influenced the way we think about hookup culture. It’s arguably helping to define it. The ease with which we can boot up, log in, and swipe through potential dates—real humans—is incredible. It’s at once liberating and cavalier.
A Tinder-sized stamp is being made on our collective psyche, and what better way to document this than a super-bizarre collection of animated Tinder profiles talking about themselves?
MyTalkingTinder exists as Instagram and Tumblr accounts that pair Tinder profile pictures with what the person behind them is saying. Not actually saying of course, but rather what that photo says about them.
What kind of person does your Tinder photo describe you to be, hmm?
Hopefully, not that.
It’s a judgmental enterprise to be sure—no one wants to be reduced to his or her profile picture (says the girl whose own Facebook photo features a hefty beer sampler).
But that’s the entire premise of Tinder: to judge and be judged; to swipe without more than a moment’s glance. This is what we agreed to, so just embrace it. Unfair? Yes. Endlessly amusing? Also yes.
So who’s behind the operation? It remains a mystery. When I reached out for comment, I recieved the following message:
You look rly cute in ur pic. We prefer to remain #anon. we want to comment on the geo-political nature of tinder as a presence in the continuing mechanical disambiguation of human relationships. or the opposite of that. whichever everyone prefers. we also like sex.
They also said they couldn’t tell me what program they were using to make the videos because it’s too technical for most people to understand. Coming soon from the group is MyTalkingLinkedIn “for the more business savvy chuckle heads.” They assure me this is a joke, but I kind of wish it weren’t.
Screengrab via Tinder