Its goin' down, I'm yellin' Tinder

By Danielle LeBlanc
On April 4, 2014

These days there are numerous ways of meeting people. With apps like Tinder and other social media, dating isn't just restricted to meeting someone by chance or through a friend. However, MTV's new reality show, "Are You The One?," strives to strip away that factor.

"Are You The One?" just finished its first season. The show takes 10 guys and 10 girls, and through extensive questioning and psychological research, they are paired with their 'perfect match.' The object of the show is to find the perfect significant other.

"There's really a science to it," said Supervising Casting Director Damon Furberg.

According to Furberb, the show has something called the matching ceremony, where all 10 couples pair off in whichever way they think they should. A beam of light then lights up and tells them how many they got right, but it doesn't tell you which couples are right.

The only way that can be determined is to send someone into the 'truth booth,' Furberg said. "Basically they get 10 chances to send a single couple into the truth booth," Furberg said. "They also get 10 chances to try and match up all 10 couples at the same time."

According to Furberg, if all the contestants match up correctly, they split a cash prize of $1 millon, the largest cash prize ever granted on MTV.

The idea for the show came about through looking at how people now are dating. "We looked at the way that people are connecting via Tinder, Twitter, Face Book," Furberg said.

On the UNH campus, social media such as Twitter and Tinder  appear to be a big hit. On can often hear the constant chirping bird of the twitter alert, or look over and see someone swipe left on Tinder. UNH even has its own "UNH Crushes" page.

Mikaela Oustayan is a freshman at UNH who says that she actually did meet her current boyfriend on the Tinder dating app. Oustayan claimed that before then she had never really used Tinder she had played around with it every now and then for fun. However, she eventually got matched with her current boyfriend and things became a little different.

"We started chatting and ended up having a lot in common," Oustayan said. "We basically talked the whole day and then met up the next day."

Sophomore Alex Ferland has also dabbled with meeting others on Tinder. "I saw this girl on the app and I just had to introduce myself," Ferland said. According to Ferland he and the girl then set up a date to meet at Breaking New Grounds.

Ferland claimed he was slightly nervous as he waited with coffee cup in hand for his date to arrive. Ferland said the date went very well. "We even made plans for a second date," Ferland said.

However, Ferland mentioned that it never turned into anything really serious. He did, however, get a few really nice dates out of it and would be willing to try his hand at the dating app again.

Oustayan said that she and her boyfriend exchanged texts all throughout break and it wasn't long before they became official when they returned second semester.

However, dating apps and social media aren't the only ways that students at UNH are connecting with each other. Seth Andreasson, a freshman, claimed he has never used social media or dating apps to meet someone. Andreasson claimed he didn't even know what Tinder was.

"I don't really meet people through social media," Andreassonsaid. "I tend to meet people through going out on the weekends or sometimes even in class."

Junior Julia Dolan is another student who claimed not to use apps or social media in order to find relationships. Like Andreasson, she meets people through her classes, going out on weekends and in her dormitories in the past. "One of my boyfriends actually lived on my floor," Dolan said.

UNH students seem to have many different ways in which they connect with others, whether it be on Twitter, Tinder or the old fashion way of going out and meeting people face to face. While some believe in sticking to meeting someone in person, others are willing to step out of the norm and try something new.

"You never know what can happen," Ferland said.

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