This word doesn’t just mean highly-flammable objects anymore; for many young single adults, especially those in Utah, it’s how they meet potential dates.
Tinder is a mobile app launched in 2012 and it works by showing the user pictures of potential matches. Users can then swipe right if they like the profile or left if they don’t. If both parties swipe right, they’re matched together and are then able to chat with one another through Tinder’s messaging system. With over 1 billion swipes a day according to the New York Times, Tinder is mostly used as a hookup app outside of the Mormon Corridor. However, LDS singles are using Tinder like never before to find people to date.
And whether we realize it or not, using Tinder and tracting on missions are strikingly similar. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the list below.
You’re Looking for that “Golden” Person
When missionaries go tracting, their goal (an admirable goal) is to find people to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. When young single adults use Tinder, they’re looking for someone too. Tinder doesn’t necessarily have a great reputation for sparking long-lasting relationships, but when most people (not counting those who use the app for less than righteous purposes) are honest with themselves they’re hoping to find someone as golden as that golden investigator.
You Never Know What You’re Going to Get
There is mystery behind every door knock and every swipe. While Tinder lets you choose some preferences, each new card that pulls up is completely new. There’s a lot of people to go through and even after you match with someone you never know what they’re going to say, if they say anything at all. When you tract and when you Tinder there is always a sense of anticipation and the unknown.
It’s a Roller-Coaster of Emotions
If you’re like most people, you have a hate/love relationship with tracting. You’ve got the anxiety of walking up the door and knocking. The thrill of sharing your message and joy when they listen. The sadness when the door is slammed in your face. The exhaustion of doing it day after day and the hope that helps you make it through one more door. It is no wonder online dating has just as many emotions! Whether you’re wondering whether to send a message or if that date you’ve set up will actually be awesome, you’ll feel all the feels with both of these.
It’s Mostly Useless, But Sometimes There’s a Miracle
Now, this depends on what mission you served in, but tracting isn’t considered the most fruitful method of finding. Tinder is the same way when it comes to dating. Not too many people swipe right and say, “This is the best way to find my eternal companion.” However, there are definitely some miracle stories with both. We’ve all heard of a person of a person who knows of a person who met their spouse on Tinder. We also know that amazing family in the ward we served in who was found through tracting.
You Do It to Show the Lord You’re Willing
We all want to do our part and show the Lord we’re willing to put in the work. Whether or not tracting was effective, doing it was a great way to show faith and trust in the Lord. For young single adults who are having a hard time with dating, using online dating apps like Tinder are a way to put in some effort and show the Lord we’re willing to do whatever it takes to take the next step forward.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.