I started at UC Santa Barbara inalmost on a whim.
Happn is an app that gives you matches based on where you go throughout the day. Say you go to Buchanan Hall and pass someone on the way who is also on happn; now they show up in your feed and you have the option to like them. If you match, you start up a conversation. The problem with happn is the lack of users. In the two or three months I used it, I got a solid four new people in my feed every two weeks. And out of those, only half of them were students from UCSB.
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The other issue I had with happn was that I found it a little creepy. If you click on somebody, you can see exactly where you crossed paths and how many times.
If somebody wanted to stalk me purely from when and where I ran into them on the app, they had a perfect way to do so. Hinge is an app where you view one profile at a time, but rather than swiping, you like specific parts of their profile— quotes, answers to questions, pictures, and send a message along with the like.
Hinge is made for people looking for more serious connections, so I was hopeful. Other than that, the app was nicely deed. I appreciated going through one profile at a time. Everybody answered whether or not they drank, smoked cigarettes and weedtheir location, and their schooling. I have a no smokers rule, so with that addition to the profile, it was much easier to filter.
There are just not enough people for it to be a viable option. The idea of the weekly bagel was cute— while it lasted, anyway.
At least the app had a discover section where you could potentially create your own matches without the app playing matchmaker. But even with that, the UCSB offerings were slim to none, and I found myself being liked by 34 year olds.
Which was kind of creepy. And disgusting. As a whole, the app had a nice concept, but poor follow through and not enough UCSB students to get it higher up on this list. Bumble is an app that allows women to message first in order to avoid any inappropriate advances from guys.
I did find myself wishing for more than one day, though. I am a forgetful person.
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The interface is also quite buggy. One of the great things about Bumble, though, is the amount of people. Bumble is a fairly well-known app, so UCSB students are not hard to find. OkCupid is an app that is definitely for people interested in more serious connections.
One of the frustrating things about this app, though, is that once you have rejected enough people, they start to filter back into your discover feed even though you have already rejected them.
So every damn time you get a message, you get anwhich is not great for inbox clutter. Everybody knows what Tinder is. And if you both like each other, you start up a conversation. Tinder is established. Its popularity means that it is, in fact, extremely populated.
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UCSB students use Tinder. A lot of the people you message with are just looking to get laid. Not all of them are looking for relationships, but not all of them are solely interested in hooking up either. Tinder is the only app that can boast this wide a variety of people, which is why, despite the fact that there are better, more relationship geared apps out there, Tinder earns the one spot on this list.
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It feels impersonal and detached. There is so much about a person that you cannot hope to understand over a phone screen. But online dating is a good way to be looking. Relationships in college, especially at UCSB, can be hard to find. Not everybody is looking for what you are, but part of the process is finding out who is.
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Komal Surani hopes that her guide can help Gauchos find love right on their mobile device. I really feel sorry for students these days. I guess that when your face is buried in a cell phone all day, you lose the ability to communicate face to face.
In the 70s, living in the same dorm, with daily contact, was a great way to get to know someone. Hours together in a chemistry lab also brought lots of new friends. I eventually met my wife in med school.
Rounding at 6AM or admitting patients all night sure showed you a lot about your fellow students character. The Daily Nexus. Thursday, August 12, Virtual Reality. February 7, at am by Komal Surani. Share this: Twitter Facebook Reddit. Inline Feedbacks. Featured Comic Living in a Yellow Submarine.
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