I match with Alya, and after several rounds of messaging, we agree to meet.Alya, 22, is a cheerful girl who laughs loud and often."They're almost never as good as they look in their profile pictures," Hans, 25, warns me.Girls put a lot of effort into their profile pictures, which are frequently glossy, high-resolution snaps taken by high-end cameras.Also popular: girls in summer dresses posing amid flowers and trees; bikini shots standing knee-deep in the ocean; unsmiling close-ups with a palace, a cathedral, a London telephone box, a mountain, the Eiffel tower; provocative selfies taken in bed, with frilly nightclothes and pouting lips; duckface.Walking around Moscow, it's easy to catch many of these photos in the making.A great deal of Russian women on Tinder invariably list yoga and traveling as key interests.One bafflingly lists "Stephen Hawking" as an interest, before "music" but after "reading." One profile I saw was communicated almost entirely through hashtags: "#freedom #love #chilling #universe #personal development #openmind #art #vegetarian #positive vibes #meditation." It's also fairly common to toss tiresome platitudes and aphorisms into the descriptions like "Never look back," "Follow your heart," "Let it be" — the sort of thing people inanely tattoo in cursive on their wrists.
Slap on a black-and-white filter for extra emo points.
She is "totally in love with Tinder" and prefers it to meeting men in clubs, as it better allows her to select her "type" of man.
My friends see nothing wrong with this, but every one of them has a story of a date who turns up looking substantially different than her profile pic.
In contrast to the obvious effort put into the photos, the profile descriptions tend to be a list of personal attributes, hobbies, interests and philosophies boiled into a jumbled mosaic.
Many profiles contain supplementary links to Instagram accounts where a greater wealth of artsy, filtered photos await perusal.In person, these Tinder dates often turn out to be shorter, more casual, less done up than their photos.