Listen Up: Space Tinder

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This week’s episode of Listen Up follows our motley crew on an adventure to Brown Mooniversity. Ari sets up a hot date with a girl on Space Tinder who is out of this world, literally.

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Written by Allie Tsuchiya, Ilan Desai-Geller, and Ari Snider. Produced by AriSnider. Featuring Kerrick Edwards and Mitchell Johnson. 

Image via Albert Brown ’16.


Sextion: To Tinder or not to Tinder?

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Hi there! I’m Lana Del Foreplay, BlogDailyHerald’s new Sextion writer. I am so excited to take over this semester. Over the next few months,  columns will cover everything from crushes to sex to love, with little anecdotes sprinkled in between to (hopefully) give you a teeny bit of insight into sex both at and away from Brown. Can’t wait to get down and dirty with you all.

During these snowy nights, I can’t help but wish there were someone snuggling up beside me to keep me warm in my twin bed. But without any currently viable options in the love department,  I roll over and pick up my phone. What used to be a “hey, what’s up?” text to a romantic interest has been replaced with anywhere from five to 55 minutes of flicking through photos of people between ages twenty to 28 within a five mile radius. I see someone cute, take 20 seconds to look through all of their photos and read their blurb, and finally swipe right because I am bored. A match! Here we go…

As someone who has had over hundreds of matches throughout my tenure on Tinder (#notsohumblebrag), I have talked to many a phe I would not have had the pleasure chance of meeting otherwise. I won’t lie: it is an amazingly modern way for singles to mingle. Now I’m not sure if it’s the people I am choosing or just the plethora of options on Tinder, but the majority of people I talk to are weird, to put it kindly. From the classic “you horny?” to the seemingly sweet “you’re cute :),” which turns into “I want to cum on your face,” it can be hard to tell who is a normal person and who is a psychotic nymphomaniac axe murderer.

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Looking for love in all the wrong places

Spring is (kind of) here! The flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and the seniors are scrambling. Love is truly in the air. Statistics (that I made up) show that Tinder use is at an all time high as the weather heats up, and you might not have found that special someone whose body makes your body feel new and fun things. BUT FEAR NOT. Maybe you’re just aiming a little low, in terms of age. The hard-working folks at BlogDH Tinder looked around the illustrious old white men of Brown’s past whose portraits grace the presence of Sayles Hall, just in case you’re looking for that special someone in the wrong place.

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Blind Bears: S and E’s Blind Date

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S was looking for someone well-dressed, kind, and engaging. E fit the bill on all fronts. Confident that these two would have lots to talk about and dress to impress, we sent them on a tea date early one Sunday morning…

“I was interested to see how BlogDH was going to set me up with someone, out of curiosity.” -S

S: I actually didn’t sign myself up, my roommate signed me up because I signed her up. So it was just kind of a funny thing that we decided to do. I saw the description she wrote about me, and I thought it was pretty funny 

E: A friend of mine was filling [the form] out for herself and decided that I should do it too. So she filled out the profile, and I approved it. 

“It seemed kind of like the same as going in for, but not quite as bad as, a job interview, which I’m very used to. Not that I was trying to sell my chemistry skills or anything.”-E

S: I knew who the person was by name, but there are like 5-10 “E”’s on Facebook so I wasn’t entirely sure who the person was. I kind of just had zero expectations. I woke up; it was a Sunday morning, I was tired from the previous night, so I kind of just went.

E: Worst comes to worst I come out with a new friend. I’d never done something like this before which I feel is pretty common among the Brown community. So in that way I had no idea [what to expect], but I have no issue meeting new people. So it was kind of fun.

“I’ve been at Brown for 3 years. I should’ve at least seen everyone… but that’s not the case.”-S 

S: He was cute. Cuter than I expected. I think that would be a more appropriate description.. I’ve never seen him before at all or that I remember. 

E: My first impressions of her were [that she was] confident, put together, and worldly. 

S: We started talking about mutual friends, and why we signed up for the blind date thing. We discovered that we didn’t have many mutual friends. We also talked about what led us to [this date]. Something he said that was kind of interesting was that we’d matched on Tinder before, but I had no idea that we did. He was like, “this isn’t really a blind date because of Tinder.” We talked about mutual interests and things that we like to do. Potential life goals and after Brown. 

E: [We talked about] a bunch of the standard stuff: “What are you studying?” “How did you spend your break?” How we were both going to sell our souls into either finance or industry and what the morals of that were. And Tinder.

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How Not to be a Freshman: The one with the awkward encounters

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Have you ever had one of those weekends where so many weird things happen in a short amount of time that none of it seems plausible? Like, anything that could possibly happen does happen. My Saturday night started out simply enough. I went to the Red, White, and Booze party and was stirred by all the patriotic pride. The jello shots and abundance of Taylor Swift songs didn’t hurt either. The night was still young when I headed to another party … and that’s where things got dicey.

I was at this party where I introduced myself to this guy. We were conversing casually until, in my drunken stupor, I realized he was one of my Tinder matches. I know we’ve seen the dangers and hilarity that ensue in Tinder flirting, but no one has warned us about the awkwardness of actually bumping into a Tinder match in real life. I almost always “like” every person who goes to Brown because, I figure, why not? Tinder is thoroughly entertaining and allows people to make snap judgments about others based on their aesthetic appeal.

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Psych, Jokes, & Rock ‘n’ Roll: Unpacking the success of Tinder

slotmachineloveTinder? I barely know her. If you have not yet downloaded the app, you’ve probably seen its (omnipresent) ads. Perhaps you’ve even seen how two of our writers have enjoyed their own Tinder experiences. This remarkably addictive smartphone application has seen a meteoric spike in popularity on campuses all over the nation. Why? Before answering this question, you should first have a basic understanding of how Tinder works.

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