Dating Apps: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Real Talk Episode 1

Dating Apps: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Real Talk Episode 1

Hi guys, welcome to the first blog post for Real Talk! The show where we talking about dating, relationships, and all the lovely and horrible experiences we’ve had with them. I’m Ranita, and my co-host Steph is down the hall & here in spirit.

On this week’s show, our topic was dating apps. We also introduced some weekly segments, including Seduce Me Steph where Stephanie gives me her best pick-up lines. I rapped for you guys, and we played a game of Kiss/Marry/Kill where we both admitted we would kiss Guy Fieri under the right circumstances (who wouldn’t want to take a trip to Flavourtown?).

But let’s get into it. We ranked each dating app we’ve used on a scale of heart emojis, because why not? Here’s a breakdown of each:

OkCupid

Steph gives it 2/5 hearts as she has had some pretty horrid experiences on there, including speaking to a 70-year-old man.

I gave it a 3/5 because it allowed me to connect with a girl I went to high school with and I wound up dating her for 3 months. The site has allowed both of us to make many friends though, and we enjoy that aspect of it.

Bumble

Steph rates it at 3/5 as she believes it does help filter out some of the creepier people, as the app gives women 24 hours to message first (assuming it’s a heterosexual match). The match disappears if this doesn’t happen. She also spoke with a young man who looks like the troll from Halloweentown, which is quite fitting since this episode was on October 31st.

As for myself, I’d give it a 1/5. I rarely message people first on any dating app, so this did not work for me. I think I only kept it for a couple of hours, and the only person I remember meeting spoke to me in French, c’était amusant.

Baboo? Bamboo? Baboon?

We can’t remember what this app is actually called. I’m not even sure how Steph heard about it. She only had it for about an hour or so. There were too many notifications, and too many steps she had to complete to set up her profile. In addition to that, the app was telling her she had matches from 3 weeks ago, despite the fact that she’d only had the app for 5 minutes. Therefore, she gives it 0/5 hearts.

Plenty of Fish

Steph has not had Plenty of Fish, but I did. I found it too confusing. It just felt like an ugly version of Facebook. I only got one message on there as well, which sounded like a poem. I rapped it on air, it was embarrassing. 0/5 heart emojis.

Tinder

I love Tinder personally. My two most recent relationships happened because of Tinder. Granted, one of them was just a casual fling, and the other one didn’t last very long, but I enjoyed both. I give it 4/5 hearts.

Steph also gives it 4/5 hearts as she’s made a lot of friends on there. She did have a couple of bad experiences with it though, including Trash. She hates him so much we don’t even use his real name anymore (to be honest I don’t remember it). This boy came over to see Steph and talked to me more than her. He also asked Steph for my number a couple days later… not cool.

Her

Her is an app for women who like women, so as a bisexual person, I tried it. I didn’t keep it for long as I found it too complicated. I wasn’t sure if I had to match with people, or send them messages. I give it 1/5 hearts but I do think it could be good if I could figure out how to use it. I’m not good with technology (which explains why this blog post isn’t pretty – I’ll get better in time I swear!!!)

Worst Experiences

After we ranked all these apps, we talked about our worst experiences on them as well. Mine are nowhere near as interesting as Steph’s, so I’ll tell you one of those stories.

Steph met what we believe was a catfish on Tinder. He seemed like a normal person to begin with, but then he would keep making excuses every time she asked to meet him. After the third time this happened Steph decided to take matters into her own hands. She checked her phone records to find out where this guy was texting her from – turns out he was using a third party app. Very shady. Her next move was to call the college he supposedly went to. They wouldn’t give her any information though. The guy ended up moving away because he “found a new job”, but who knows if that’s true? It seems awfully convenient to us.

Songs of the Week

We closed the show with one of our weekly segments – songs of the week. These songs sometimes relate to our love lives, sometimes they don’t.  Once we’re a couple weeks into the show we’ll set up a Spotify playlist and link it here if any of you are interested.

Steph’s song this week is Still Falling for You by Ellie Goulding from the Bridget Jones’ Baby soundtrack (great song, semi-decent movie). Here’s the music video, check it out.

My song is Bedroom Floor by Liam Payne. It’s a bop, please listen to it.

Peace Out

That’s our show for this week. We will be back next Tuesday at 7pm – tune in to hear us talk about cuffing season, swipe culture, and something called “turkey dumping.”

We want to say thanks to Radio Laurier for giving us this awesome opportunity. We are extremely grateful and we’re so happy to be sharing our stories.

Lastly, if you want to get in contact with us you can tweet us @PlaidCheesecake and @stephwillmore. If you want to e-mail me you can do that at virk9200 (at) mylaurier (dot) ca. Cheers y’all, we hope you come back next week!

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