The term is used to describe the act of endlessly swiping on dating apps and flirt-chatting away with no legitimate intention of meeting up
People on Tinder have started a new craze, apparently.
Anybody who has signed up to the online dating app has probably experienced both the good and the bad.
But how do you maximise your experience on it – and not just Tinder, but its rivals too?
Well, there’s a new trend called “obligaswiping” and, yeah, it does what it says on the tin.
The term is used to describe the act of endlessly swiping on dating apps and flirting with no actual intention of meeting up.
It was coined by Cosmo’s Carina Hsieh, apparently.
Apparently, users of mobile dating apps are swiping continuously – because they have some sort of belief that they need to do something.
Basically, users want to make an effort to find love – so they’re just tearing through the app’s selection of users without a care in the world.
It means that nobody is being swiped left.
Instead, users are trying to put themselves out there without actually going on a date.
Dr. Nikki Goldstein , a relationship expert, told Cosmo that if we’re single and lonely, we somehow feel responsible for it.
Cosmo writes; “We assume we’re too fussy, or not looking hard enough, or looking in all the wrong places.
“Since the only thing worse than feeling alone is feeling guilt for feeling alone, that’s why we sometimes binge on swiping.”
“[It] can shift that feeling of being responsible for being single,” Dr. Nikki says.
So, obligaswiping means you can hold on to the idea of all these potential dates without ever having to deal with the reality.
After all, if you don’t meet up, there’s no danger of you having a rubbish time – or getting your heart broken.