What I’ve Learned from Using Tinder

I’ve been single for a little over a year now. It’s definitely had its ups and downs. There have been times when it’s gotten a little bit lonely. So about a month ago, I started using Tinder. I’ve learned a few things in my short time of using the app, and I wanted to talk about them here.

Dating in this Day and Age Sucks

I don’t think this is unique to Tinder, but my use of the app just reinforced this idea. Let’s say you meet someone cool and you go on a date. Y’all get along and everything’s going well. But out of nowhere at any time, she could just stop texting and ghost you. And two weeks later, you see her on Instagram with some other dude.

Tinder is Great for Casual Fun

If you just want to hook up or go on a few dates or have some fun with no strings attached, Tinder is a great way to meet people. If you’re looking for an actual relationship, though, I’d stay away from using the app.

Most People Are More Focused on their Careers than Dating

Most of the people I’ve met are more worried about their jobs and getting promoted than they are settling down with someone and starting a family. That’s fine with me as I’m really into my career as well. Still, it would be nice to meet a girl I could be in a relationship with.

All-in-all, I’d say my impression of Tinder isn’t that great. It has its uses, sure, but I think there are better ways to meet people these days, especially people you want to have something more serious with at some point.

What Does the Future Look Like?

So I straight up had a whole conversation with my Google home assistant today just because I was bored, and it got me thinking. What is the future going to look like when the kids today are grown up and running the world?

My generation is probably the last generation to remember the time before the internet and cell phones. When you couldn’t just get in touch with anyone in a second. When you had to watch movies on a VCR and use pay phones to talk to people if you were out. When you had to stop and ask for directions if you got lost. When you would get into petty arguments with your friends about some piece of trivia, and maybe you’d remember to look it up later and maybe you wouldn’t.

What is the world going to be like when the kids who grew up playing games on their parents’ iPads grow up? Is it more difficult for them to focus? Is technology actually changing the way they learn?

What is the future going to look like when virtual reality is more popular? When augmented reality–like we all saw a couple of summers ago when Pokemon Go was super popular–is more of a thing for everyone? Is it going to affect the way they govern, the way they communicate?

These are definitely all interesting things to think about. I’m glad I have somewhere where I can just record my random thoughts and I get to share them with you.

Do you have any comments on this? I’d love to hear them. What do you think about the way technology is influencing the children of today and how it’s going to affect the future? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Black Superheroes

When I was a kid, I loved superheroes. I was obsessed with Batman, Superman, and Spiderman. But I always wondered why there weren’t more black superheroes. It was hard for me to put myself in the place of these superheroes. How could I ever be like them if I didn’t even look like them?

Kids today have it so much better. They have Luke Cage (no relation!) and Black Panther. I saw a little black boy dressed up like Black Panther the other day, and I got a little choked up.

Because to that kid, heĀ couldĀ be a superhero. He does look like the superheroes on the screen. That’s one less limitation he has than me. And I love seeing that kind of progress.

Black lives matter. But sometimes the best way to show that isn’t through protests and political change. Sometimes it’s just through the stories we tell and the characters that are in them.

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