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I joined Tinder last month at the insistence of my friends.

Many didn’t respond, some did indifferently and others were very into it.

One girl in particular took well to my childish sense of humor.

Hell, that’s not even including the plethora of Brad Pitt profile pictures.

Let’s even exclude or posting pictures showing you cuddling with adorable dogs . By far one of the oddest things about Tinder is how many people are on it.

I took new dates to one particular microbrewery so often that it became a sort of home ground. Funnily, for such a buggy, mediocre app, Tinder sure gets a lot of attention. On the other hand, every now and then, I’ll “match” with someone who’s super-honest. Take the case of the visiting researcher who just wanted casual sex – and told me as much within a few minutes of conversation.

Every now and then, as if unable to handle the sheer force of all this chemistry, everything vanishes and my phone informs me regretfully that Tinder has stopped. We live most of our lives online, so why is it a surprise that we also look to meet new people online? “I already know a lot of interesting people,” he said.

No, the most ruinous practice on Tinder is that people swipe right on every profile they see. I tried it once, just to see , and within seconds, my inbox was flooded with matches. I’ve met long-lost friends, flatmates, colleagues, old classmates, casual acquaintances who I’ve idly wondered about, even teachers.

Online Dating is a phenomenon, which has finally started to make space in the India arena.

For the uninitiated, or the happily coupled, here’s the lowdown. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked “So – what brings you here? Some people are on dating apps just to look for new friends, and say so upfront . Easily one of the most common phrases you’ll see on people’s profiles here are “not here for a hookup.” Well then. “I’m in India just for a couple of weeks, so my priority is hookups.” What a refreshing change, right? Hell, I’m all for a hookup – I’m on Tinder, after all – but am I so ancient that we’re past the need to make conversation before we make out?

Doesn’t good conversation actually make the sex that much hotter?

For guys who love looking at pictures of girls in bikinis and frivolously casting a split-second judgment on them (guys like me, I mean), it came pretty close to being the greatest thing since sliced bread. Tinder is essentially a more relationship-centered, less meet-up-and-have-sex version of Grindr.