Calling dating app Tinder an online meat market may be harsh, but it’s pretty close to the reality of things at the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia right now.
Just ask American snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who recently admitted that all the Olympic athletes in her general vicinity made perusing Tinder on her phone an enticing, but ridiculously distracting activity.
According to Nicole Eggenberger and Jennifer Peros of Us Weekly, the 23-year-old California native became enamored with scrolling through her phone and checking out other athletes via the online dating application.
“Tinder!” Anderson exclaimed in an interview with Peros. “Tinder in the Olympic Village is next level. It’s all athletes! In the mountain village it’s all athletes. It’s hilarious. There are some cuties here.”
For those of you who don’t look for love via phone apps, users sign up for Tinder and browse other users’ pictures. Users who mutually admire one another’s photos can “match,” and once a match is made, the two parties can exchange messages.
Tinder is among the fastest-growing dating apps, according to CNN Money.
Tinder’s only constant is the app’s use of GPS location. Users can set their parameters to display other members who are nearby, or widen their range up to 100 miles away or so—hence Anderson’s infatuation with being in a colony of young, single athletes.
There are over 3,000 athletes at the Winter Games in prime physical condition, per ABC News. In other words, Tinder is just further encouraging an Olympic-hookup storm that would happen regardless.
"It's like making the ingredients of a huge stew—a stew of sexual ingredients," said Dr. Judy Kuriansky. A sex therapist at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City, Kuriansky told ABC, "There is stress, which causes tension, and anxiety and energy and massive outpouring of chemicals in the body—adrenaline and endorphins. It's a powerful concoction of chemicals."
Anderson would not let chemicals—nor Tinder—be her downfall, however.
“There was a point where I had to be like, OK, this is way too distracting,” Anderson said. “I deleted my account to focus on the Olympics.”
Ah...the sacrifices we make.
As it turns out, dropping out of the Tinder matching game before competition might’ve been the ticket for Anderson. She managed to win the gold in the first inaugural running of the slopestyle competition at the Winter Olympics on Sunday.
Anderson said she’s trying to take it all in and enjoy the moment, but she's excited to get back to America to party with her friends. She also didn’t say she wouldn’t be returning to Tinder.
Be on the lookout, men. Anderson could be back on the grid and looking for Tinderonis any day now.
Just remember: Tinderella has been to the mountaintop, and she has seen the highest heights the platform can deliver. So it might be time to stop skipping abs at the gym.
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