Tinder...The Time Suck
We all know dating apps are widespread and pretty much a necessary evil to let other humans know we’re good to go. What we just discovered, according to a study by the company Carvaka, is that the average user time on Tinder is 77 minutes. 77 MINUTES! Now we know why millennials’ thumbs cramp up so much.
According to the NY Times, Tinder has about 50 million users. And, Carvaka says mobile dating apps are used predominantly by 18-24 year olds – 22% of them to be exact. That’s a ton of people and a lot of swiping happening simultaneously.
But, does there ever come a point in time when it becomes frustrating to swipe? Don’t your eyeballs get tired of looking at face after face after face? Don’t you get bored, or need to take a snack break? Well, it seems like 77 minutes in most people do.
Just in case, here’s a list of other things you could do in 77 minutes!
1. Take a nap.
Just because you’re snoozing doesn’t mean you’re losing out on all the Tinder fun. It will be there when you wake up, trust me.
2. Better yet, JUST GO TO SLEEP ALREADY.
Get that extra hour or so you know your body needs to prepare for your busy day ahead.
3. Podcasts, people.
Find a new podcast to listen to. There are emotional yet funny ones like Chris Gethard’s “Beautiful Anonymous.” You can even get your female empowerment on with “Call Your Girlfriend” or just straight up educate yourself with “Stuff You Should Know.”
4. Make a scrapbook.
Or, if you’re not into old fashioned scrapbooking, create a photobook online. Sites like Shutterfly or Montage make it super easy to customize your own beautiful creation for someone and put all those Instagrams to good use! Plus, it’s a great gift idea for the holidays.
5. Take a long walk and watch the sunset.
Most of us don’t spend enough time outside, unplugged, enjoying the sights and sounds around us.
6. Update your resume & LinkedIn profile.
You know you need to! Plus, if your job requires it, it’s also a good idea to start an online portfolio to showcase your work. Or, just spruce yours up if you already have one.
7. Clean your email inbox.
This includes deleting, filing, archiving, etc. the contents. Your life will feel much more organized, even if it’s only “digitally” clean for the time being. You’ll thank me later.
8. Volunteer to serve a meal at a soup kitchen.
It’s amazing what a little perspective can do when we get out of our digital lives and into the real world by doing something kind for others. Plus, it doesn’t take a ton of time to do something compassionate like this.
9. Crosswords & comics.
Basically, try your best to do anything “old fashioned” that doesn’t involve swiping on your phone.
10. Create a list of all the things you like about yourself and put it on the fridge.
Being your best version of yourself starts with being your own #1 supporter. Teach that voice in your head to always motivate and be positive, even on your worst days. It may seem silly, but starting with a visible list is a simple, effective way to make this happen.
11. Revive the art of the handwritten card.
Write and send a few handwritten thank you notes or holiday cards. Receiving one will brighten someone’s day and it’s totally better and more personal than sending them a text or an email. Plus, writing on cute stationary is fun!
12. Finally make that phone call to an old friend.
We all have those calls we’ve been meaning to get to, those long “catch up” conversations we need to have with someone. So, make the call – it will be worth it to hear that voice on the other end of the line. Friendships and relationships are important, so cherish and foster them.
13. Actually socialize with a person!
Meet a long lost friend for happy hour (preferably drinks with tequila). Human interaction is good for you.
14. Clean a junk drawer.
It’s therapeutic. Tackle the mess in such a fashion it would make Marie Kondo, the expert of decluttering, proud. While you’re at it, maybe just go ahead and clean your whole living space if you need to.