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Tinder was the worst of them: All I saw were a couple of group shots (but which guy are you, Steve?), ab selfies, and if I was really lucky, a suit shot.So I filled out my profiles honestly, noting in each I was not looking to date, "only make friends :)." This practice got trickier on more information-intensive apps—I literally responded to Coffee Meets Bagel's "I like it when my date…" query with a "doesn't want to date me. But Laurie Davis, author of and an online dating consultant, later told me that strategy was all wrong: Being direct was the kiss of death."If you're looking for friends, I would just not write anything about that until the very end if they ask you a question about it," she said. "On OKCupid, they ask you 'you should message me if…' and I would say something really casual there like, 'You think having a drink would be fun.' Use words like 'fun,' which is an indicator of more for social than anything else." She didn't have a lot of faith in my whole friend-getting scheme, really.A woman's profile would show up on my Tinder, and I'd just stare at it.I couldn't swipe right, partly because of an information shortage, partly because of the guilt I felt misleading the woman in the picture.Turns out the apps didn't create that restriction though: we did.
After a witty opener (he, having studied at Oxford, asked if I was British because I somehow looked it) and exchanging our jobs and educational background, we were discussing our favorite Delaware beach destination.
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